What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through

A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own.

In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

Title:What Are You Going Through
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593191415
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    What Are You Going Through Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    I absolutely love Sigrid Nunez!!!!!UPDATE:Audiobook....read by Hillary Nunez A short 5 hour audiobook that I listened to in a one day sweep, yesterday....hiking and then warm water pool soaking.It was...

  • WILLIAM2

    A dark book but not without humor of the gallows variety. Touches, I think, on the darkness we find in Thomas Bernhard—that is high praise—at times verging on but never quite getting to the full B...

  • Meike

    This is a Rachel Cusk-esque brain twister slapping us with the fact that yes, we are all going to die. Playing on themes similar to her bestseller The Friend, Nunez gives us a first-person narrator wh...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    In What Are You Going Through, the narrator encounters the phenomenon that sometimes happens as you get older where you are past forming new relationships and your old ones have moved and changed. One...

  • Canadian Reader

    A resonant, powerful, and unconventional novel, which barely possesses a plot. The writing is clean and unpretentious. Nunez writes about difficult truths and possibly the most difficult of experience...

  • Jill

    If, as Shakespeare wrote, life is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," then what is the meaning of life and why tell the tale at all?The unmarried and childless narra...

  • Laura

    I stress-read The Friend because I was worried about the dog, so it was nice to settle into this. It has the kind of meandering interiority I love and frankly, any book that gives voice to the cat mid...

  • Will

    4.5, rounded up...

  • Possibly in Michigan, London

    4.5I probably wouldn’t have started reading this if I knew it was about terminal illness and euthanasia but erm, I’m glad I did? Love the narratorial voice - felt v autofictional but also fleshy a...

  • Sarah

    A novel in conversations, this reminded me a lot Rachel Cusk's Outline trilogy and the recent Topics of Conversation. Our female protagonist visits a friend who has cancer, and while early conversatio...