The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam

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The Easy Way Out
Steven Amsterdam
General Fiction (Adult) , Literary Fiction
Quercus Books
03 Nov 2016


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 the limits of the law – and his own morality. And with Viv increasingly unwell, his love life complicated, to say the least, Evan begins to wonder who might be there for him, when the time comes . . .

From an award-winning author, The Easy Way Out is a brilliantly funny and exquisitely sad novel that gets to the heart of one of the most difficult questions each of us may face: would you help someone die?

“The Easy Way Out” is about euthanasia, to me not a very interesting topic to debate since I lived in a country which has legalized this. I do support this, IMHO it’s everyone’s right to end his / hers life when life becomes unbearable and it should be one of he medical world’s responsibility to cooperate and support this. Not by shutting down machines and let people suffer until they die but in a humane way.

I can imagine this book could be controversial in some societies but those societies should have a better look at themselves, they allow animals a humane death but when it comes to humans they do not. All based on religion…

This novel is well written and can make people rethink their position on the topic but personally the topic is not that interesting.


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