What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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The New York Times-bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend brings her singular voice to a story about the meaning of life and death, and the value of companionship. A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own. In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
ISBN: 9780593191439
Branch Call Number: FICTION Nun
Description: 1 online resource
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blcwrites
Oct 19, 2020

Everything that the "professional reviewers" say about Nunez's latest is true. Maybe it's that we're in October 2020 going through what feels like a dark time coming (literally shorter days) that I loved this book until about the last 20 pages when I just gave out and had to make myself finish it. Between the ex's fatalistic lectures, her friends cancer, the lady downstairs, and the rest--wonderful, painful, insightful, and yet could only take bite-size reading time. She is an amazing writer and I found the absence of quotations for speakers fine - I was 30 pages into it when I noticed - hey, where are the quotes. Still think The Friend is one of the best books of all time.

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uncommonreader
Oct 19, 2020

About dying, the meaning of life, friendship, listening and the importance of empathy.

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booknrrd
Sep 30, 2020

This conversational, meandering literary fiction novel by award winner Nunez centers on two friends, one of whom is dying of cancer. It is not a book with a lot of plot, but I appreciated its thoughtful conversations on topics like the environment, euthanasia, memory, and what we owe other people.
"What are you going through? When Simone Weil said that being able to ask this question was what love of one's neighbor truly meant, she was writing in her native French. And in French the great question sounds quite different: Quel est ton tourment?" (p.97)

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laphampeak
Sep 23, 2020

Nunez puts the reader into the head of a woman helping a dying friend with a side of all else going on at the time. This narrator thinks out loud as she recounts her feelings. Although it's written beautifully I found it mostly a continuation of thoughts and if I put the book aside for a time I had trouble re-entering her world.

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Sep 30, 2020

What are you going through? When Simone Weil said that being able to ask this question was what love of one's neighbor truly meant, she was writing in her native French. And in French the great question sounds quite different: Quel est ton tourment? (p.97)

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