Steven Amsterdam is the award-winning author of Things We Didn’t See Coming. The book won The Age Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for Fiction and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. He also wrote What the Family Needed, which featured on the Australian Women’s Weekly Great Reads list and was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. He lives in Melbourne with his partner and works as a palliative care nurse. The Easy Way Out is his latest book.
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The Easy Way Out
If you could help someone in pain, would you? 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 legality, his own morality and the best intentions of those closest to him, discovering that his own path will be neither quick nor painless. He knows what he has to do. In this powerful novel, award-winning author Steven Amsterdam challenges readers to face the most taboo and heartbreaking of dilemmas. Would you help someone end their life?