Life After Life

Life After Life

A Novel

Large Print - 2013
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There's retired third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, a prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town's self-appointed conveyor of social status, who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle at Pine Haven is a puzzle to everyone but her; C.J., the pierced and tattooed young mother who runs the beauty shop; and Joanna Lamb, the hospice volunteer who discovers that her path to a good life lies in helping people achieve good deaths. As each character begins to connect with another, the mysteries and consequences of their lives are revealed. What they eventually learn about themselves and one another will profoundly transform them all.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781410459466
Characteristics: 493 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Oct 15, 2019

VERY CRUDE, UGH! Very early on in the book, I stopped reading.

Sep 19, 2016

I loved this book. Maybe it's because I am a hospice volunteer as is one of the characters, Joanna. I thought her observations about death were right on. I also loved the variety of characters. Yes, there was one thing that wasn't great at the end but real life isn't perfect either.

Esther77 Aug 04, 2014

Even though the style was a little odd, I did enjoy reading it up until the end (and found it to be a surprisingly quick read despite the style). However, unlike the printed summary about the book being uplifting, there was little in the ending that was left on a positive note. It didn't leave an ending that promised much hope for the characters in the future, which was disappointing. And one of the stories ends in a very disturbing way that doesn't seem necessary.

anitafournier May 31, 2014

I got halfway through this, suspected I was wasting my time, read the final chapter and my suspicions were confirmed. bored to tears. Underwhelmed

Alana01 Sep 16, 2013

I couldn't get into this book. To me it was bizarre. I only lasted about one chapter

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2013

"Though perhaps easily confused with the recent novel of the same name by Kate Atkinson, this book does not deal with a single life lived over and over again. Rather, in this Life After Life, residents of Fulton, N.C. - many at the Pine Haven retirement facility - share the stories of their lives in turn; a minor character in one tale becomes the narrator of the next. Though death is a constant presence (hospice volunteer Joanna keeps a notebook of every passing she's a part of), it never overwhelms, nor becomes maudlin or depressing, and author Jill McCorkle has a deft hand with humour and her indelible characters." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter


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