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Twenty-three-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for. She goes to popular night spots, dates attractive men, and has a caring family. Yet something is lacking in her life. So on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die.
After she awakens from an overdose, Veronika finds she has only days to live as she has damaged her heart beyond repair. The story follows Veronika through those intense days as, to her own surprise, she finds herself drawn into the enclosed world of the local hospice she is staying in. Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die, based on his own moving personal experience, is about people who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. It is about depression, anxiety, madness and the need to find an alternative way of living for people who think in a different way. It addresses the fundamental question asked by millions: "what am I doing here today?" and "why do I go on living?"