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‘Incredibly tender’ Marian Keyes
‘A total triumph’ Nina Stibbe
‘Beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed’ Philippa Perry

It is summer on Magnolia Road when Juliet moves into her late mother’s house with her husband Liam and their young son, Charlie. Preoccupied by guilt, grief and the juggle of working motherhood, she can’t imagine finding time to get to know the neighbouring families, let alone fitting in with them. But for Liam, a writer, the morning coffees and after-school gatherings soon reveal the secret struggles, fears and rivalries playing out behind closed doors – all of which are going straight into his new novel . . .

Juliet tries to bury her unease and leave Liam to forge these new friendships. But when the rupture of a marriage sends ripples through the group, painful home truths are brought to light. And then, one sun-drenched afternoon at a party, a single moment changes everything.

The fiction debut from Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink, Everyone Is Still Alive is funny and moving, intimate and wise; a novel that explores the deeper realities of marriage and parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations at every turn.

Reviews

Told with a gentle touch, this is an honest and emotional look at marriage and parenthood
Sun on Sunday, Fabulous
Warm-hearted and perceptive
The Times
A total triumph: compelling, compassionate, insightful, funny and moving
Nina Stibbe
Touching, tender and profound in its warmth and stillness - a novel that explores family, friendship, grief and love in true, tactile detail. Beautiful and very real
Daisy Buchanan
Incredibly tender and astonishingly insightful. I cared so deeply for the characters and read in genuine awe. An utter gem
Marian Keyes
Readers will know Rentzenbrink from her moving memoirs The Last Act of Love and A Manual For Heartache. This is her first novel and it sounds equally poignant, warm and wise
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Unputdownable - brilliant, beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed. If you want to know what Happily Ever After looks like, read this
Philippa Perry
I love this book. Funny, wise and clever and full of honesty and kindness. It's a page-turner that makes you look at yourself and your relationships anew. A unique and generous novel about love, loss and friendship
Kit de Waal, author of My Name Is Leon
Such a beautiful, delicate book
Jenny Colgan
A beautifully written and exquisitely rendered novel about family and the anxiety of the modern world. Like life, it's both heartbreakingly sad and terribly funny. I devoured it
Wyl Menmuir, author of The Many
Everyone Is Still Alive is a novel filled with quiet compassion about quotidian lives. Cathy writes with incredible insight about marriage, friendship and parenthood, in a book replete with hope. I absolutely loved it
Hannah Beckerman
Sharply observed and utterly compelling, Everyone Is Still Alive had me cackling on one page and crying the next; Cathy Rentzenbrink's warmth and wisdom are evident in every line
Paula Hawkins
Kind and real, funny and touching. I raced through it
Bookbrunch
Very funny but also sharp and poignant . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it
Adele Geras
An anti-romantic comedy of Lego and disenchantment, shot through with clear-eyed compassion . . . I devoured it
Patrick Gale
A wonderful novel . . . I loved it. Gorgeous and tender, fabulous at capturing time, place and atmosphere. An utter treat
Kate Mosse
A novel of radical empathy and kindness, written with poignancy, wit and immaculate observation. There is something wholeheartedly decent and human about Rentzenbrink's writing, which has a lingering, gentle power. I can't stop thinking about it
Elizabeth Day
A soothing, tender story with loveable characters who pull you in from the very first pages. In a world of chaos, reading this novel was a reminder to slow down, zoom in and look around
Emma Gannon
Every generation needs its own novels examining how marriage, children, dreams and ambitions can coexist. This one does it beautifully, with warmth, truth, humour and love
Louisa Young
...the characters are sharply drawn and the author has a knack for wry phrases... if you like Motherland, you'll love this funny, tender book.
The Sunday Times
One of the most honest, poignant and well-observed books about family life we've ever read... full of wisdom, you'll be clutching your heart for a long time.
Woman&Home
One of the most honest, poignant and well-observed books about family life. Rentzenbrink takes you by the hand and reassures you, you're not alone . . . Full of wisdom
Woman
An eloquent, moving, warm and witty exploration of modern life, with the focus on friendship and family it's just gorgeous
Lovereading
We recognise that this is a book about going to new places and the fear of new people, but also about the comfort of community, the way that even a place like Magnolia Road can be a source of the kind of friendship and support that gets you through even the darkest times
Observer
A compassionate and insightful look at relationships and friendships in a wonderfully well-observed novel that is tender, sharp and, at times, very funny
Sunday Express
One for fans of the TV show Motherland, this is a touching drama about the minutiae of family life set on a street in west London. An impressive debut from an accomplished memoirist
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