#151 of 2011 • The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé, translated from the French by Sue Dyson [aka Zoë Barnes]. Published by Gallic Books.
After the inebriation of the Mawer-Bachelard Tag Team, I needed something not as emotionally consuming. What better book to read next than a French comedy about a suicide shop? Because that’s how I roll, kids. It’s short, simple, with a delightful premise, and a charming cast of characters—the Tuvache family who’s owned The Suicide Shop for generations, all of them named after key suicides; and the black sheep of the family, all sunny and blonde, greeting clients “See you soon,” instead of “Goodbye forever.” Ah, and all the people that want to die. Heh. Something might just be wrong with me, but there’s a gleeful liberation in being caught laughing at a book that so clearly says “suicide” on its cover.
PSA02 – I bought The Suicide Shop from National Bookstore for PhP399. On impulse. Because I figured I’d never know when I’d need a book like this.