Read it once and then read it twice, often . . . Rarely has the darkness of life been looked at with such buoyant irony, imaginative grace and disarming candour. * Irish Times, on Things We Didn't See Coming * 'A treat to read - playful, intelligent, and intriguing ' * Daily Mail on Things We Didn't See Coming * In this captivating novel, Steven Amsterdam explores the philosophical complexity of end-of-life choice without ever losing the urgency of an absorbing plot. The Easy Way Out is written with insight, humor, and brio -- Andrew Solomon A timely and stimulating topical novel. * Australian * The Easy Way Out is a poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love, with plenty of heart and dark humour. -- Louise O'Neill An unsentimental, thought-provoking tale about the meanings of life, death and freedom of choice * Sunday Times * Amsterdam is a master satirizer of politically correct bureaucracy * The Times * Movingly rendered and blackly funny . . . unfailing compassion and humanity. You might want to find and find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel * Guardian * 'The book as a whole is a small marvel, overflowing with ideas. Scary, funny, shocking and touching by turns, it combines the readerly pleasures of constant reorientation with the sober charge of an urgent warning' * Guardian on Things We Didn't See Coming * The Easy Way Out is incredibly funny . . . striking and unsettling . . . a finely poised book that deals with a difficult - and also critically important - subject matter with remarkable tenderness, humour, and nuance. * Australian Book Review * 'Even in the blackest scenes Amsterdam's gift for mordant humour keeps the reader entertained' * Sunday Times * Amsterdam is so damn good. He is up there with the best, Delillo and the like, original as Tsolkias, but most importantly he is a master storyteller in his own right, assured and compelling, he somehow articulates things you know deep down but never been able to put your finger on. I never want to stop reading him -- Anna Krien, author of Night Games The Easy Way Out is a perfect storm of a novel. Superbly written and instantly engaging. * Sydney Morning Herald *
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALS GOLD MEDAL 2017
LONGLISTED FOR THE INDIE AWARD FOR FICTION 2017
LONGLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017
'Amsterdam is so damn good. He is up there with the best, Delillo and the like, original as Tsolkias, but most importantly he is a master storyteller in his own right, assured and compelling, he somehow articulates things you know deep down but never been able to put your finger on. I never want to stop reading him.' - Anna Krien, bestselling author of NIGHT GAMES, INTO THE WOODS and US and THEM
If you could help someone in pain, would you?
Evan is a nurse, a suicide assistant. His job is legal . . . just. He's the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it.
Evan's friends don't know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn't know what he's up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead.
As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against legality, his own morality and the best intentions of those closest to him, discovering that his own path will be neither quick nor painless.
He knows what he has to do.
In this powerful novel, award-winning author Steven Amsterdam challenges readers to face the most taboo and heartbreaking of dilemmas. Would you help someone end their life?
'The Easy Way Out
is a perfect storm of a novel. Superbly written and instantly engaging, with great characters and a killer (excuse the pun) premise' - Sydney Morning Herald
There's something fresh and engaging about Steven Amsterdam's writing ' - Australian Women's Weekly