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Rachel Heng and Ingrid Rojas Contreras
July 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
Rachel Heng discusses her new novel, Suicide Club with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.
Praise for Suicide Club
“How can such a young writer know all these things? Rachel Heng’s first novel is as keen as a sharpened blade. SUICIDE CLUB is on the money about where our current obsessions are leading us and yet she makes us care about her characters in deep and old-fashioned ways. It reminded me again and again of Orwell and Huxley. I have the feeling that this is the beginning of a long and illustrious career.”―James Magnuson
“I happily lost a whole weekend to SUICIDE CLUB. This life-affirming book about death lingers long after the last page. ‘Be careful what you wish for’ has never been so chilling, or so gripping.” ―Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
“SUICIDE CLUB bends genre with grace and artistry, delivering us to the outermost reaches of what’s familiar and affirming what dares to still exist there: family, friendship, and forgiveness. With superb writing, Rachel Heng has crafted a world inside of a world gone mad, one where love faces its most difficult test. This is an exciting, bold, inventive novel.” ―Kristen Iskandrian, author of Motherest
“The future is here. Let’s welcome one of its stars. Talented and ferociously intelligent, Heng has produced a glittering debut.” ―Joanna Briscoe, author of You
About Suicide Club
In Rachel Heng’s debut set in near future New York City―where lives last three hundred years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming―Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.
Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever―if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange―where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold―she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.
But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead choose to live―and die―on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.