Everybody wants to live forever.
In a near-future New York, medical technology has progressed far enough that immortality is now within our grasp – but only to those who show themselves to be deserving of it.
These people are the lifers: the exercisers, the yogacisers, the green juicers, early nighters and spiralizers.
Genetically perfect, healthy and wholesome, hundred-year-old Lea is the poster girl for lifers, until the day she catches a glimpse of her father in the street, eighty-eight years ago after their last encounter. While pursuing him, Lea has a brush with death which sparks suspicions. If Lea could be so careless, is she worthy of immortality?
A dark, provocative novel set in a world on the verge of a health-induced breakdown, Suicide Club tells the terrifying but addictive story of a disillusioned lifer, a reckless activist group and the fight between the science and the art of living life to the fullest.
"Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng's highly imaginative debut, which deftly asks 'What does it really mean to be alive?'"
- Library Journal (starred)
"This is a refreshingly original debut."
- Book Riot
"Clever, compelling, and wholly believable, this is a superb novel about our most basic desires"
- Net Galley (Book Of The Month)
"In a frighteningly plausible future, the economy revolves around the currency of health, life spans are potentially eternal, and the new have-nots are born with poverty encoded in their genes... Heng expertly threads a ribbon of dread through her glittering vistas and gleaming characters... A complicated and promising debut that spoofs the current health culture craze even as it anticipates its appalling culmination."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Suicide Club is an original and subversive exploration of health obsessions, consumptions, and what makes life worth living."
- The Independent
"Audacious... beautifully paced... How can such a young writer know all these things? Rachel Heng’s first novel is as keen as a sharpened blade. Suicide Club is on the money about where our current obsessions are leading us and yet she makes us care about her characters in deep and old-fashioned ways. It reminded me again and again of Orwell and Huxley. I have the feeling that this is the beginning of a long and illustrious career."
- James Magnuson, author of Famous Writers I Have Known
"I happily lost a whole weekend to Suicide Club. This life-affirming book about death lingers long after the last page. ‘Be careful what you wish for’ has never been so chilling, or so gripping."
- Erin Kelly, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said
"Suicide Club bends genre with grace and artistry, delivering us to the outermost reaches of what's familiar and affirming what dares to still exist there: family, friendship, and forgiveness. With superb writing, Rachel Heng has crafted a world inside of a world gone mad, one where love faces its most difficult test. This is an exciting, bold, inventive novel."
- Kristen Iskandrian, author of Motherest
“The future is here. Let's welcome one of its stars. Talented and ferociously intelligent, Heng has produced a glittering debut.”
- Joanna Briscoe, author of You
“In exquisitely crafted prose, Rachel Heng gives us a startling look at a version of the world that seems simultaneously wild and plausible. Heng is a bold new talent and a writer to watch.”
- Liz Moore, author of Heft and The Unseen World
"What is the value of life if it never ends? A feat of blazing imagination, Rachel Heng's Suicide Club is a thought-provoking look at a near-future society that feels a quarter-turn away from ours. Heng's storytelling gleams, but this novel doesn't shy away from darkness--thank goodness."
- Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under
"Suicide Club is [a novel] that glitters, darkly. A ‘Dorian Gray’ nightmare of a future where the sought-after beauty is barely even skin deep, it’s a subversive celebration of life. It makes us consider what’s actually valuable, and what ‘healthy living’ really means."
- Nick Clark Windo, author of The Feed
"I am in awe of the deeply disturbing yet utterly convincing world Heng manages to create. I loved the book's central message: the beauty in imperfection, the importance of letting go. I loved the flawed and fearsome central characters... Suicide Club is a bold and brilliant book."
- Francesca Jakobi, author of Bitter
"I always love novels that can combine powerful writing with massive levels of compassion and heart, and Suicide Club is one such book. Its genre-straddling dark heart can't fail to impress."
- James Smythe, author of The Machine and The Testimony
About Rachel Heng
Rachel Heng is a Singaporean novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Suicide Club, will be published by Sceptre, Hachette (UK) and Henry Holt, Macmillan (US) in July 2018 (more details here). It will also be translated and published in 8 other territories: Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Taiwan, China, Poland and Slovakia.
Rachel's fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been recommended by The Huffington Post, NYLON, Book Riot and The Independent. She was recently featured by The Independent (UK) in the article 'The Emerging Authors To Look Out For in 2018' has been interviewed by The Straits Times and The Rumpus. Rachel's short stories have been published in The Offing, Prairie Schooner, The Adroit Journal, the minnesota review and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the National Arts Council of Singapore and the Michener Center for Writers.
Rachel was born and raised in Singapore. After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society, she spent several years working in private equity in London. She now lives in Austin, where she is pursuing her MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers. She is currently also an assistant editor for the O Henry Prize Anthology.