Conversation with Rachel Heng, Author of Suicide Club
Life Without End — A Life Worth Living?
“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. It reminded me again and again of Orwell and Huxley.” — James Magnuson, author of Famous Writers I Have Known
Asset management and literature don’t often go hand-in-hand, as they do in the journey of Rachel Heng, the Singaporean author of Suicide Club. The book was written while Rachel was building a successful private equity career in London and published this summer on the back of a six-figure book deal with prominent US and UK publishers.
Set in a dystopian New York where the average life expectancy is 300 years and where society is obsessed with wellness and genetic perfection, Rachel’s debut work is harrowingly relevant, painting a world not far from today’s clean eating, juice diets and Instagram.
Come join us as we sit with Rachel to hear how she made the switch from investor to writer, the influences behind her work, and why Suicide Club – far from being a book about death – is really a reflection and celebration of life.
Note: Rachel’s novel will be available for purchase and autograph after the session.
Date: Friday, 10 August 2018, 7-9pm
Location: Straits Clan, The Attic on Level 4
31 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 08984
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About Suicide Club & Rachel Heng
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.
Rachel Heng's debut novel, Suicide Club, published by Sceptre in July 2018, will be translated in eight languages worldwide and has been featured as a most anticipated summer read by ELLE, Gizmodo, The Independent, The Huffington Post and The Irish Times. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in Glimmer Train, The Offing, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Rachel is currently a James A. Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin.