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The Vulnerables


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Sigrid Nunez is the New York Times bestselling author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, and of seven other novels, including Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, and What Are You Going Through. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages.


Once you discover Sigrid Nunez, you don't look back
*Anne Enright*

A sharp-eyed and tender novel about human connection in a time of crisis. As compassionate as it is disquieting, and as funny as it is painfully honest
*Paula Hawkins*

Beautiful and profound
*Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss*

I am committed, until one of us dies, to Nunez's novels. I find them ideal. They are short, wise, provocative, funny - good and strong company
*Dwight Garner, New York Times*

Sigrid Nunez has a talent for slim, companionable novels that have both delicacy and power

Powerful prose and insights into human connection make it compulsively readable

A gorgeous, funny novel about connection in the face of the pandemic

[The Vulnerables] leaves us, as the novel reaches its extraordinarily hopeful and disarming last line, with the feeling that we have been helped

With the intimacy and humour of a great conversation, this novel makes you feel smarter and more alive
*People Magazine*

The chic new hardback to have on your New Year reading pile . . . [Nunez is] a literary star
*The Independent*

A breath of fresh air for a time when it still sometimes feels like there isn't any
*Good Housekeeping*

Elegiac, tartly funny . . . To read it is to feel in intimate conversation with its narrator
*Daily Telegraph*

Infused with moments of hilarity and wisdom. Beautiful
*Woman's Weekly*

Nunez gracefully leaps from big emotions, including grief, to erudite literary digressions or biting wit
*Wall Street Journal*

The Vulnerables is full of alive, curious poetry on the chaotic times we live in
*Sheena Patel, author of I'm a Fan*

Smart and sad and funny
*Sarah Moss*

The elegant writing makes it a compelling read. I'm a huge fan
*Good Housekeeping (UK)*

A funny, divinely chatty novel filled with moments of the sublime. I really think there are sections of this book that I'll be thinking about forever
*Caroline O'Donoghue*

It is exciting to read a book that manages to be so honest and serious, and at the same time so playful and witty
*Natasha Walter*

Sigrid Nunez is among the most interesting writers of our generation ... Nunez is both as cold as ice about ageing (the old are "bleached and bent and shrivelled") and funny ("you reach a certain age, and it all kicks in: Social Security, Medicare and a fondness for hydrangeas") and constantly surprises you with her references (Larry David, Lily Tomlin) as well as her anecdotes (it's tough to forget the startling image of a young woman with an eating disorder who kills her appetite by coating her tongue with Tiger Balm)

It's fresh, it's funny and it's very now. It has humour and honesty in spades, both wielded in self-defence against a world that feels off-kilter and almost absurd in its terribleness, from the gig economy to the Trump 'phenomenon', from creative frustration to urban burnout. I love Sigrid's clarity and quick expression, along with her quirky range of interests, her economy and lightness of touch

Nunez's rare ability to be at once wistfully elegiac and sharply hilarious make The Vulnerables a gift
*Boston Globe*

Sigrid Nunez is a beautiful storyteller: there's beauty, depth, lightness and whimsy in her writing. But what I most admired was her confidence to be playful and inventive. The Vulnerables is clever, refreshing and fulfilling to read
*Claire Kohda, author of Woman, Eating*

Grounded in an unexpected friendship between an abandoned bird and a lonely, older novelist, The Vulnerables finds new ways to expound on themes of community, companionship, and finding hope in seemingly hopeless situations
*Harper's Bazaar, Best Books of 2023*

Sigrid Nunez is the godmother of contemplating empathy and connection ...A novel that cracks open windows and offers a reassuring breeze, reminding us that it's OK - and perhaps even necessary - to need each other; it's only human
*San Francisco Chronicle*

What Nunez is trying to do instead is find meaning, to understand. What this feels like is an eventful, rich, addictive conversation with your smartest, funniest and most well-read friend. Except, Nunez says, the conversation takes on new dimensions and new textures when it's written down
*Los Angeles Times*

Hilarious and deeply reflective

Nunez's writing seems always to be just what I need. The Vulnerables is a gorgeous book on ageing and regret and, as is often the case, on writing. Nunez is always posing controversial questions or ideas and leaving the reader to make up their mind. I loved it
*Ayisha Malik*

Nunez has a wry compassion, and an eye for the kind of detail only grown-ups can catch. The books feel lived-in rather than hard-earned, the voice is smart and kind
*Anne Enright, The Times*

Above all, this is a touching, beautiful book, which underlines everyone's vulnerability to all manner of challenges facing the world, not least how to co-exist even with those you would rather discard as weeds
*The i*

Nunez is a master at writing vivid characters in ordinary situations and bringing them to life, making every page fly by. And The Vulnerables is no different - it's a poignant and deft portrayal of humanity in a time when nothing felt normal

Sigrid Nunez is on a roll. She's tapped into a smart, wry voice which feels right for our times, as do her concerns with friendship, empathy, loss, and loneliness

Nunez's voice is unflinching and intimate
*Entertainment Weekly*

One of my favourite authors
*Natalie Portman*

Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts-the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence. She addresses important ideas unpretentiously and offers wisdom for any aspiring writer
*New York Times Book Review*

Long live Sigrid Nunez
*Laura Marling*

What's consistent across Nunez's books is their searching tone about the biggest of life's questions
*Washington Post*

Spare and understated and often quite funny, the experience is less like reading fiction than like eavesdropping on someone else's brain . . . despite the grimness of the setting, the novel itself is strangely, sweetly hopeful; there is, it seems, a reason to go on. Sharp-and surprisingly tender.

Funny and thoughtful ... Nunez manages to make a story of mortality go down easy
*Publishers Weekly*

All kinds of vulnerability are laced through this layered, thoughtful book . . . The states of feeling she conjures are quietly shocking, reminders of the pleasures and costs of our shared humanity'

If cheerful pessimism is a thing, then Sigrid Nunez might be a leading ambassador
*Irish Times*

Laced with humour and wit, this is a powerful portrayal of how, through connection with others, we can remain vibrant in a soul-less world
*The Lady*

[A] wry, thought-provoking novel
*Daily Mail*

The Vulnerables is sharply observed, crisply honest, and funny
*Country and Town House Magazine*

In many ways, then, this is a covid diary, and while Nunez captures the strangeness of that time, she is too good a writer for it to stop there, with musings on friendship, connection, writing, grief and the many vulnerabilities that are part and parcel of being alive
*Marie Claire*

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