What I'd Rather Not Think about: Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024 (Paperback)

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What I'd Rather Not Think about: Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024 By Jente Posthuma, Sarah Timmer Harvey (Translator) Cover Image
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A novel composed of short vignettes (typically only a page or two) that add up to a comprehensive and overwhelming experience. Told in a scattershot timeline, the novel gives us glimpses of the life of a twin whose brother has committed suicide. Both funny and tremendously sad (often at the same moment), this short, complicated story left me breathless.

 

— From Trevor

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2024 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

What happens when the person you've built your entire life on is suddenly gone?

This question lies at the heart of Jente Posthuma's deceptively simple What I'd Rather Not Think About. The narrator is a twin whose brother has recently taken his own life. She looks back on their childhood, and tells of their adult lives: how her brother tried to find happiness, but lost himself in various men and the Bhagwan movement, though never completely.

In brief, precise vignettes, full of gentle melancholy and surprising humor, Posthuma tells the story of a depressive brother, viewed from the perspective of the sister who both loves and resents her twin, struggles to understand him, and misses him terribly.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781957363356
ISBN-10: 1957363355
Publisher: Scribe Us
Publication Date: July 4th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English