Next Life Might Be Kinder

Next Life Might Be Kinder

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"After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me." Sam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. The sparks are immediate, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, erotically charged, and brief. Sam's life afterward is complicated. For one thing, in a moment of desperate confusion, he sells his life story to a Norwegian filmmaker named Istvakson, known for the stylized violence of his films, whose artistic drive sets in motion an increasingly intense cat and mouse game between the two men. For another, Sam has begun "seeing" Elizabeth, not only seeing but holding conversations with her, almost every evening, and watching her line up books on a small beach. What at first seems simply hallucination born of terrible grief reveals itself, evening by evening, as something else entirely.
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ChristchurchLib Jun 15, 2014

"Selling his life story to a violent filmmaker in the aftermath of his sensual wife's murder, Sam develops a cat-and-mouse relationship with the filmmaker and begins experiencing wrenching hallucinations. By the National Book Award-nominated author of The Bird Artist." Fiction A to Z June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f8a47f9a-47e1-421e-89e4-590a8c0bb5d0?postId=014b3586-7c3a-45ac-a7c4-7eb5a7b93283

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Twice nominated for the National Book Award, Norman returns with a novel about a brief, intense marriage that ends in the wife’s murder. In his grief, widower Sam Lattimore begins seeing, and talking to, his wife on the beach every night. However, after he sells the movie rights to her shocking murder story, things begin to unravel very quickly.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Twice nominated for the National Book Award, Norman returns with a novel about a brief, intense marriage that ends in the wife’s murder. In his grief, widower Sam Lattimore begins seeing, and talking to, his wife on the beach every night. However, after he sells the movie rights to her shocking murder story, things begin to unravel very quickly.
- Wayne Roylance

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