Review: ‘Edie’ puts an honest face on dealing with Alzheimer’s
“It may seem counterintuitive to pick up a novel about death and grief when so many people are suffering at this moment in history. (More sadness? No thanks!)
What Handler’s book teaches us is that facing tragedy head-on and accepting death as a constant are the only ways to get through it. Plus, reading about or sharing someone else’s pain teaches us empathy.”
“Edie’s increasingly unpredictable behavior reaches its crescendo with a heartbreaking climax, and along the way, the author explores not merely Edie’s guilt, but the complicated feelings over her loss. This quick, engrossing novel brings laughter and tears.” Read full review
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Booklist (starred review)
“Handler’s Edie joins the ranks of unforgettably eccentric, intelligent women protagonists, such as the titular character in Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ and Eleanor Flood in Maria Semple’s ‘Today Will Be Different’.” Read full review
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A tragicomic exploration of the collateral damage of Alzheimer’s disease… Handler gets it right from the title on out. Edie is definitely not alone. Her plight is one many readers will respond to deeply and perhaps even be soothed by… Profound yet often quite funny, keenly observed, and deeply affecting.” Read full review
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Edie Richter Is Not Alone by Rebecca Handler (March 9)
A Californian with a secret moves to Australia. I’m intrigued! –Mike FS
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REBECCA HANDLER, EDIE RICHTER IS NOT ALONE, UNNAMED PRESS (MARCH 9)
Andrew Sean Greer described this debut, in which an acerbic Californian with a secret moves to Perth, Australia (but of course, cannot escape her past no matter how far she goes), as “that rare thing: a perfect book.” Perfect or not, with writing that has been compared to Mary Robison and Lorrie Moore, and a story about a woman confronting her own humanity, I’m excited to give it a shot. –ET
“Rebecca Handler’s debut novel ‘Edie Richter is Not Alone’ features a witty protagonist in the midst of an emotional and physical journey to Western Australia. Handler’s writing is spare and sharp and brings to mind the work of Mary Robison and Lorrie Moore—it made me laugh with recognition and tear up with empathy. Reading this book will make you feel the way all good literature does: it will make you feel less alone.”
—Vendela Vida, author of ‘The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty’
“The gently hilarious, exquisitely observant Edie Richter narrates the experience of complicated grief with brutal accuracy. ‘My body was a collection of muscles and bones and a thing I had done,’ she observes, in one of many brilliantly simple sentences. This novel’s deep impact belies its marvelously deft touch.”
—Sarah Manguso, author of ‘300 Arguments’
“‘Edie Richter is Not Alone’ begins with a great, unaccountable tension that explodes into a terrible, hidden act. The narrator’s relentlessly clear, enigmatic, funny, suddenly gorgeous observations carry us through its consequences. I found myself immersed, and compelled to read and discover along with the narrator herself what happened to this oddly ordinary wife and daughter, who in her stunned grief resembles all of us. This is a remarkable debut, and a jewel of a book.”
—Matthew Zapruder, author of ‘Why Poetry’ and ‘Come on All You Ghosts’
“Oh how I love this book. I finished ‘Edie Richter Is Not Alone’ in one sitting, then reread it immediately. Hilariously heartbreakingly honest on every page, Rebecca Handler’s novel is that rare thing: a perfect book.”
—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘Less’