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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?

About the Author

Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Timesbestseller The Post-Birthday Worldand the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.

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Elizabeth L, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Elizabeth L)
Shriver has a knack for taking on topics that most authors wouldn't approach (in this case incurable diseases) and writing about them both realistically and compellingly. She makes you want to keep reading about things that you would otherwise avoid. Less obliquely, I appreciate two consistent things about her prose -- her willingness to write unsympathetic (yet incredibly smart and caustic) female characters and her ability to write about romantic relationships that are robust and strong, both emotionally and physically. The final thing I really appreciate about this novel, which puts it above both We Need to Talk About Kevin and Post-Birthday World, is that it's narrative structure doesn't rely on any gimmicks to keep you reading. Instead, Shriver goes back to depending on her own well-paced prose and original ideas to create a narrative that never felt forced or cliched -- no small feat when writing about a topic that is normally anything but.
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Stacers1973, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Stacers1973)
I ended up loving this book, even though at first I wasn't sure if I would even finish it. I ended up really caring about the characters and wishing it wouldn't end quite yet. I felt it was a gritty story told with both harshness and grace and about how people don't always have to be slaves to who they think they are.
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kjblackmsr, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by kjblackmsr)
A savagely humorous tale of a marriage gone wrong has a wonderful surprise ending.
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Shriver, Lionel
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