The Easy Way Out is incredibly funny . . . striking and unsettling . . . a finely poised book that deals with a difficult - and also critically important - subject matter with remarkable tenderness, humour, and nuance.
The Easy Way Out is a perfect storm of a novel. Superbly written and instantly engaging.
The Easy Way Out is a poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love, with plenty of heart and dark humour.
A timely and stimulating topical novel.
'A treat to read - playful, intelligent, and intriguing '
Amsterdam is a master satirizer of politically correct bureaucracy
Amsterdam is so damn good. He is up there with the best, Delillo and the like, original as Tsolkias, but most importantly he is a master storyteller in his own right, assured and compelling, he somehow articulates things you know deep down but never been able to put your finger on. I never want to stop reading him
An unsentimental, thought-provoking tale about the meanings of life, death and freedom of choice
'Even in the blackest scenes Amsterdam's gift for mordant humour keeps the reader entertained'
In this captivating novel, Steven Amsterdam explores the philosophical complexity of end-of-life choice without ever losing the urgency of an absorbing plot. The Easy Way Out is written with insight, humor, and brio
Movingly rendered and blackly funny . . . unfailing compassion and humanity. You might want to find and find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel
Read it once and then read it twice, often . . . Rarely has the darkness of life been looked at with such buoyant irony, imaginative grace and disarming candour.
'The book as a whole is a small marvel, overflowing with ideas. Scary, funny, shocking and touching by turns, it combines the readerly pleasures of constant reorientation with the sober charge of an urgent warning'