Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 1, 2015)
Many a novel has examined a woman’s life as she battles cancer—but perhaps no writer has approached the subject with the disarming charm and sharp wit that Camille Pagán employs in her second book, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences: A Novel (Lake Union; November 1, 2015). Pagán, an award-winning journalist, pits her optimistic heroine against not just a life-threatening disease, but also a host of startling revelations that cause her to question everything she thought she knew about life and love.
When Libby Miller learns that she has a rare form of cancer, she naturally assumes it is the worst news she could possibly get that day—or ever. So when she arrives home and her husband blurts out a startling confession that makes their long and (she thought) happy marriage a sham, Libby is pushed to her breaking point. On an uncharacteristic impulse, she quits her job and heads to a small island in Puerto Rico. Just when Libby thinks nothing else could go wrong, a near-fatal plane crash triggers a new adventure, and she begins to fall in love with Shiloh, a pilot who has his own philosophy on life—and how Libby can best cope with her disease. But that’s only the beginning.
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences is a poignant, uplifting novel that examines just what it is that makes life worth living.
“Pagán writes with both a subtle sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship and the importance of forgiveness in her quietly compelling literary debut.” –Chicago Tribune on The Art of Forgetting
“Pagán’s dialogue is punctuated with piquant wit and snappy pop culture references, resulting in an upbeat, inspirational novel… A cathartic, thought-provoking story of unconditional friendship and the choices we make on the road to becoming who we’re meant to be.” –Shelf Awareness on The Art of Forgetting
Camille Pagán’s work has appeared in dozens of publications and on websites including Forbes,Glamour, Men’s Health, Parade, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, WebMD.com, andWomen’s Health. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.
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Camille Pagán’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 2nd: Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, November 2nd: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Wednesday, November 4th: BookNAround
Thursday, November 5th: Book Lover
Thursday, November 5th: Spiced Latte Reads
Monday, November 9th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, November 10th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, November 11th: FictionZeal
Thursday, November 12th: Just Commonly – review
Thursday, November 12th: Just Commonly – guest post
Monday, November 16th: Books and Bindings
Tuesday, November 17th: Bibliotica
Tuesday, November 17th: Raven Haired Girl
Tuesday, November 17th: Booksie’s Blog
Thursday, November 19th: Luxury Reading
Monday, November 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, November 25th: 5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, December 2nd: Life is Story