• Paperback: 480 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)
Shep Knacker has long saved for “the Afterlife,” an idyllic retreat in the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Exasperated that his wife, Glynis, has concocted endless excuses why it’s never the right time to go, Shep finally announces he’s leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her. Yet Glynis has some news of her own: she’s deathly ill. Shep numbly puts his dream aside, while his nest egg is steadily devastated by staggering bills that their health insurance only partially covers. Astonishingly, illness not only strains their marriage but saves it.
From acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Lionel Shriver comes a searing, ruthlessly honest novel. Brimming with unexpected tenderness and dry humor, it presses the question: How much is one life worth?
Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose previous books include Orange Prize–winner We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn, NY.
Lionel’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, March 15th: In the Next Room
Wednesday, March 16th: Book Club Classics!
Thursday, March 17th: Man of La Book
Monday, March 21st: Life Is A Patchwork Quilt
Thursday, March 24th: Stephanie’s Written Word
Friday, March 25th: Colloquium
Tuesday, March 29th: Life in the Thumb
Wednesday, April 13th: Raging Bibliomania