Sad but true: we're more than aware that medical students are fighting the demons of crippling debt and ever-increasing workloads. Add gossiping, bitching and a set of extenuating circumstances to the mix - it becomes evident why thirty percent of clinical students have suffered from clinical depression over the years. Given the prevalence of narcissism and perfectionism amongst our lot, it's unsurprising that more than one in six of us has considered suicide at one point or another.
Consequently, the feelings experienced by a depressed colleague/loved one are well worth exploring. Nick Hornby has done this in a most insightful yet darkly comic manner. Witness his latest opus, titled 'A Long Way Down'.
Stylistically, this is a most impressive effort, given the skill required to switch the narrative between four disperate characters and not have the story fold back on itself. The exploration of the issues surrounding suicide, depression and hopelessness is especially thorough and empathetic considering the stark differences between the lives the four unlikely acquaintances lead and the author's lack of a medical/psychological background.