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We All Want Impossible Things

A Novel

by Catherine Newman

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We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman
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    Nov 2022, 224 pages

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A tragicomedy exploring the joy of friendship and the pain of loss.

Edi and Ashley have been best friends for more than 40 years, their lives and families deeply intertwined. But Edi is in the final stages of ovarian cancer, her move to a hospice for palliative care a stark reminder of just how little time she has left. With honesty and bittersweet humor, We All Want Impossible Things chronicles Edi's final weeks from her friend's perspective, as both strive to accept the inevitable and prepare themselves to say goodbye.

Throughout the novel, author Catherine Newman is excellent at capturing the strange suspension of time that may occur in the face of impending death, as days in the hospice blur together for the characters, and their memories of fonder days bleed into the present. In the same vein, the author shifts seamlessly between moments of heartbreak and laughter, reflecting on the oddities of grieving for someone who is not yet gone, and ...

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