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"How are you doing upstairs?" She taps her temple. “Staying sane? I’m still a bit
worried about you, you know. I don’t want you going bananas on me, all right?”
“I’m not going bananas.”
“How’s your game going?”
“What game?”
Of course I know what game she means. I just want to pretend I don’t know what she’s talking about. “You remember I told you about that game the other day? The A to Z? Keep the old brain cells ticking over a bit. So what you could do is try to think of a part of your body, all right? A part of your body for each letter of the alphabet—”
I nod—yes, yes—I want her to know I remember now.
“—and what you do—”
Yes, yes.
“—is tell a little story about each part.”
“I’ve done one. I started doing it, actually. Today.”
“Oh yeah? See, well, that’s trying, isn’t it? How far have you got?”
“A.”
She laughs. “Well, it’s good to take your time over it.”

May 2016
978-1-4926-3316-7
$14.99 • Trade Paper

 

“How’s your game going?”

“What game?”

 “You remember I told you about that game the other day?
The A to Z?"

I nod—yes, yes—I want her to know I remember now.

Ivo is a man who doesn’t have much time. In the quiet hospital room, amid the beeping and coughing and cups of tea, he plays a game—a game to bring her back to him, if only for those last, fleeting days. Encouraged by a kind nurse, he lists parts of his body from A to Z, remembering a memory about each: the terrible teenage choices, friendships made and cracked, a love he’ll never get back.
Surprisingly beautiful and unflinchingly honest, The A to Z of You and Me shows us the raw unraveling of a life lived loud and hard.

“Spare, poignant, and with a quirky charm all of its own, it reminds us how kind people can be.”
—Rachel Joyce, New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

“Beautifully constructed and hugely moving.”
—Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart

“Wonderful and heartbreaking.”
—Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days, Desmond Elliott Prize Winner 2015

“Absolutely bloody heartrending…Hannah’s eccentric style is never mawkish and often wonderfully funny.”
The Times

“An affecting debut.”
The Guardian

“There’s an elegance to Hannah’s prose, and compassion in the way he handles his subject matter that’s rare to find in a debut.”
The Independent

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