We All Want Impossible Things

We All Want Impossible Things

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 12/01/2023
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We All Want Impossible Things
Beaches meets Nora Ephron- In the best possible way.
This is a wonderful book that will make you laugh hard and sob bucket loads. It is a love song to female friendship through the years. Ash is caring for he... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich
We All Want Impossible Things
Be prepared to laugh and cry all at the same time
The book will have you in a pool of tears while laughing out loud. Catherine Newman writes about a journey between two friends and death. Edi and ash a... READ MORE
China Opie
We All Want Impossible Things
Glorious celebration of a life well lived
I was sent a proof copy of this some while ago, but put it on the TBR as I needed to read some debut fiction. In the meantime I read a really negative revi... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield

Synopsis

Who knows you better than your best friend? Who knows your secrets, your fears, your desires, your strange imperfect self? Edi and Ash have been best friends for over forty years. Since childhood they have seen each other through life's milestones: stealing vodka from their parents, the Madonna phase, REM concerts, unexpected wakes, marriages, infertility, children. As Ash notes, 'Edi's memory is like the back-up hard drive for mine.' So when Edi is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ash's world reshapes around the rhythms of Edi's care, from chipped ice and watermelon cubes to music therapy; from snack smuggling to impromptu excursions into the frozen winter night. Because life is about squeezing the joy out of every moment, about building a powerhouse of memories, about learning when to hold on, and when to let go. For fans of Nora Ephron and Sorrow & Bliss, We All Want Impossible Things is a deeply moving, jubilant celebration of life and friendship at its imperfect, radiant, and irreverent best.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857528988
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 346g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 24 mm

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We All Want Impossible Things
Life is full of happiness and tears..
Edi and Ash both want the impossible. Reading their moving, touching and loving story will really capture every reader’s heart. Newman obviously knows abou... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
We All Want Impossible Things
This book is everything
Welcome to 2023 everyone! I have been so excited to share this review. We All Want Impossible Things is sure to be one of my very top reads of 2023 and is ... READ MORE
Sara Scott
We All Want Impossible Things
A love letter to friendship & intertwined lives
I didn't initially know too much about what this book was about but was drawn in by the incredible reader reviews and author endorsements. I'm so glad I pi... READ MORE
Liv
We All Want Impossible Things
Friendship, Love & Dying
We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman This is one of the funniest and most uplifting books I have read all year. It is hard to believe, even w... READ MORE
RitaCantStopReading
We All Want Impossible Things
Exquisitely written from the depths of the heart and soul. Just wow!
Exquisitely written from the depths of the heart and soul. Just wow! Ash (Ashley) and Edi (Edith) have been friends since kindergarten. They have shared a... READ MORE
Always Happiest Reading
We All Want Impossible Things
Might this 'fix' you?
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. Love the cover design of the lemon cake on the broken yet fixed plate... this I think tells you lot... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
We All Want Impossible Things
Please can I give it 6 stars?
I finished this book yesterday and wanted a day to reflect before I wrote my review. I honestly think this is one of the best books I have read it quite a ... READ MORE
Nicola Pettitt
We All Want Impossible Things
Written With Wit and Compassion
I wondered after reading the first page of this book if I'd chosen unwisely - did I really want to read about someone dying and a very American version of ... READ MORE
Alyson Hilbourne
We All Want Impossible Things
Wonderful
Within the first paragraph, I knew I was going to love this book. What a beautiful story! It had me laughing and crying throughout. As a narrator, Ash is ... READ MORE
Samantha Schofield
We All Want Impossible Things
Finding Joy In Sorrow
I'm not sure I have the words to describe the impact reading this had on me, I'd need to be as good a writer as Catherine Newman to do that. What I can say... READ MORE
Kerry Young
We All Want Impossible Things
A touching story
4-5 stars Edi is dying, it’s a horribly inevitable result of her ovarian cancer. The New York hospital need to move her to hospice care and that’s proving... READ MORE
Celia Short
We All Want Impossible Things
Definitely a book to savour.
This is really quite a difficult book to review, partly due to the subject and partly because I am struggling to find the words. Ash and Edi are best fri... READ MORE
Karen Farrow
We All Want Impossible Things
Definitely a book to savour.
This is really quite a difficult book to review, partly due to the subject and partly because I am struggling to find the words. Ash and Edi are best fri... READ MORE
Karen Farrow
We All Want Impossible Things
Uplifting
This is really intelligent but quirky read based around a woman supporting her long time best friend through her final days in a hospice, it’s generally ve... READ MORE
Sarah Goldthorpe
We All Want Impossible Things
You will need plenty of tissues and a family member to hug whilst reading this!
An absolute tear jerker. This was such an emotional and heartbreaking story and as such, not an easy read. We all want impossible things is the beautiful a... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
We All Want Impossible Things
Its about death but you'll be glad you read it...
Ashley’s best friend, Edi, is dying of ovarian cancer and at the start of the novel Ash, the diminutive fits her, and Jude, Edi’s husband, take the decisio... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
We All Want Impossible Things
We all want impossible things by Catherine Newman
We All Want I possible Things by Catherine Newman is a book about friendship and dying. This is a very American type of book that deals with your best frie... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
We All Want Impossible Things
Unsentimental story of loss
We all want impossible things is a fictionalised account of the author’s time spent with her best friend, Ali Pomeroy, in her final days at hospice. In the... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
We All Want Impossible Things
Humour reveals poignant truths
Newman's book shows how humour is the companion to pain, the flip side to the despair and madness of grief - and how humour can also reveal poignant univer... READ MORE
Jo Leevers
We All Want Impossible Things
Beautifully written, highly recommend!
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Catherine Newman for an advance copy of this e-book. Would it be wrong to say I thoroughly enjoyed this story abo... READ MORE
Frances
We All Want Impossible Things
Compelling
I read this book courtesy of NetGalley. It took me a little while to get into this book and pass some of the Americanisms, being British, but it soon had ... READ MORE
Grey Lady
We All Want Impossible Things
Treads a well-judged balance between reality and positivity in the face of death
We all want impossible things is a fictionalised account of the author’s time spent with her best friend, Ali Pomeroy, in her final days at hospice. In the... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
We All Want Impossible Things
emotional and heartwarming
This was a great read. It was also an emotional story as it is set in a hospice. It was a heartwarming story about all the things she did for the residents... READ MORE
Ladyreading365
We All Want Impossible Things
Sweet, sad and short
This book was such a sweet little read. It follows two best friends, one of whom has cancer. Sometimes a bit cringe in the dialogue, but overall it was clu... READ MORE
ashleigh Beames
We All Want Impossible Things
Heartbreaking and unputdownable
We All Want Impossible Things is unique in that it’s heartbreaking AND unputdownable. It’s the perfect read for anyone looking for a sad, funny, or overall... READ MORE
Zeynep Kazmaz
We All Want Impossible Things
Anything is possible
A book about a friend dying in a hospice does not sound like a must read, but 'We all want Impossible Things' manages to do just that, make death and loss ... READ MORE
Ryan Bainbridge