The Suicide Club
The Suicide Club
Three misfits – close to genius, close to the brink – come together in a desperate love triangle.
When Bright is suddenly catapulted to fame, he can’t cope with the pressure. He decides to end it all by jumping from the 20th floor of a high-rise on his twentieth birthday. But he’s saved by the quirky, eccentric Gibby. Soon the two boys find themselves in a love triangle, vying for the attention of the beautiful, fragile, unreachable Lace.
The three travel from England to a beautiful old spa town in Bavaria. Here, in an experimental psychiatric institution under the colourful Dr Geoffrey, the pressure mounts.
Unflinching, but tender and often humorous, The Suicide Club explores the last taboo in our society – as well as our deep human desire to connect. Why do we feel the need to extinguish our lives? Is it possible to save the people we love?
‘This is writing fuelled by a vivid energy. . . sophisticated, gritty fiction that readers will be pleased to encounter.’
– Paul Little, North & South
‘Sarah Quigley’s latest novel tackles a serious contemporary issue – youth suicide – with a light and thought provoking touch. . . . With a cast of likable quirky characters, liberal use of black humour, and the occasional almost farcical event, Quigley still manages to give the subject matter the respect it deserves. Very clever and very readable.’
‘What a delight, now, to pick up Sarah Quigley’s The Suicide Club, and be transported to England and a cast of youthful, brilliant, yet fractured characters. . . . For Lace, “life is one long process of losing . . . Suicide is a tough, emotionally charged subject and Quigley pulls no punches. Yet she also writes with humour. Her characterisation of the minor players verges on farce. But it doesn’t diminish the subject’s seriousness. Rather, it relieves the darkness, shines a light on the “weirdness” of us all, and lifts the heart. . . . This book is beautifully written and thought provoking. This time next year it could well be Quigley standing on the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards stage.’
– Colleen Hawkes, Sunday Star-Times