How far would you go for others, and how far should you go? Would you donate your kidney? Adopt twenty kids? Live in a leprosy colony in the wilderness? Told with compassion and beauty, this is the story of the people who do- their tough courage and extraordinary, unsettling goodness.
Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama and Noam Chomsky, among many others. Before joining the magazine, she was a senior editor at Lingua Franca and an advisory editor at The Paris Review. She lives in New York.
Daringly conceived, brilliantly executed - may change not just how
you see the world, but how you live in it -- Katherine Boo, author
of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Chilling and utterly absorbing... Combining critical analysis with compassion, the book's treatment is reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, who explored the more extraordinary aspects of ordinary lives -- Frances Wilson * Daily Telegraph *
Strangers Drowning is a book written in a deceptively simple and clear voice about people, about how morality lodges itself in a person not as an abstract idea, or even a value, but as a direction for life... Impressive * Financial Times *
A brilliant and rigorous thinker... As a book on altruism, this is also a book that invites us to think about selfishness - she's good on Adam Smith and Darwin, among many others * Evening Standard *