We All Want Impossible Things


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5.5 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

CATHERINE NEWMAN has written a gazillion columns, articles, and canned-bean recipes for magazines and newspapers, and her essays have been widely anthologized. She is the author of the memoirs Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness, the middle-grade novel One Mixed-Up Night, and the bestselling kids' life-skills books How to Be a Person and What Can I Say? We All Want Impossible Things is her first adult novel. Not, like, adult adult in the porn way. Just, you know, for grown-ups. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


"This is an absolute heartbreaker of a novel. Catherine Newman's book, through deceptively simple language and everyday moments experienced during a friend's hospice death -- funny, sad, regretful, hopeful -- is a celebration of life. For anyone who has prepared a hole in their heart for loss, We All Want Impossible Things is a reminder that, in time, that hollowed hallowed space is also there for when the light and love from grief pour back in."--Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety
"A novel set in a hospice has no right to be as hilarious, charming, and hopeful as We All Want Impossible Things. With Nora Ephron-style lightness, Catherine Newman has constructed a truly singular tale of love and friendship in the twenty-first century. I loved it."--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year
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
We All Want Impossible Things is 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 Chicken Sisters
Gorgeous, tender, and unexpectedly funny. I read the entirety of Edi and Ash's story with my hand clasped over my heart.--Kate Baer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Kind of Woman and I Hope This Finds You Well