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We All Want Impossible Things: A Novel
We All Want Impossible Things: A Novel
We All Want Impossible Things: A Novel
Audiobook6 hours

We All Want Impossible Things: A Novel

Written by Catherine Newman

Narrated by Jane Oppenheimer

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

“Catherine Newman sees the heartbreak and comedy of life with wisdom and unflinching compassion. The way she finds the extraordinary in the everyday is nothing short of poetry. She’s a writer’s writer—and a human’s human.”—New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center

“A riotously funny and fiercely loyal love letter to female friendship. The story of Edi and Ash proves that a best friend is a gift from the gods. Newman turns her prodigious talents toward finding joy even in the friendship’s final days. I laughed while crying, and was left revived. Newman is a comic masterhand and a dazzling philosopher of the day-to-day.”—Amity Gaige, author of Sea Wife

“The funniest, most joyful book about dying—and living—that I have ever read.”—KJ Dell'Antonia, author of the New York Times bestselling The Chicken Sisters

For lovers of Meg Wolitzer, Maria Semple, and Jenny Offill comes this raucous, poignant celebration of life, love, and friendship at its imperfect and radiant best. 

Edith and Ashley have been best friends for over forty-two years. They’ve shared the mundane and the momentous together: trick or treating and binge drinking; Gilligan’s Island reruns and REM concerts; hickeys and heartbreak; surprise Scottish wakes; marriages, infertility, and children. As Ash says, “Edi’s memory is like the back-up hard drive for mine.” 

But now the unthinkable has happened. Edi is dying of ovarian cancer and spending her last days at a hospice near Ash, who stumbles into heartbreak surrounded by her daughters, ex(ish) husband, dear friends, a poorly chosen lover (or two), and a rotating cast of beautifully, fleetingly human hospice characters.

As The Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack blasts all day long from the room next door, Edi and Ash reminisce, hold on, and try to let go. Meanwhile, Ash struggles with being an imperfect friend, wife, and parent—with life, in other words, distilled to its heartbreaking, joyful, and comedic essence.

For anyone who’s ever lost a friend or had one. Get ready to laugh through your tears.

Release dateNov 8, 2022
We All Want Impossible Things: A Novel

Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman is the author of What Can I Say? and the award-winning bestseller How to Be a Person, as well as two parenting memoirs: Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness, and a middle-grade novel, One Mixed-Up Night. She's also the co-author of Stitch Camp. Newman is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award–winning kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. A regular contributor to publications including the New York Times, Romper, Cup of Jo, and Grown & Flown, Newman lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her at catherinenewmanwriter.com.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Poignant and beautiful, bittersweet and joyful. Wonderfully written and moving, this novel draws you into its characters as they reflect of love, loss, regret, life and friendship, and how they all weave together to make us who we are and celebrate who we were. Told with humor and brutal honesty, the story explores how we deal with grief and loss, and how we somehow go on living without the people who taught us what it means to love.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This is a beautiful novel that follows two lifelong friends as one of them goes through her final days in hospice. I must immediately add, though, that this book is not a downer. In fact, it captures the fact that standing the face of death often brings life into focus in an acute and meaningful, and often hilarious way. The author is spot on in capturing the absurd nature of life with great humor and open heartedness. I highly recommend it. I would say that it can be seen as kind of an adult version of the John Green novel "The Fault in Our Stars."

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