Life After Life: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2013 - Fiction - 344 pages
27 Reviews

Award-winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction. Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery at any age. And the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center (from twelve-year-old Abby to eighty-five-year-old Sadie) share some of life's most profound discoveries and are some of the most true-to-life characters that you are ever likely to meet in fiction. Delivered with her trademark wit, Jill McCorkle's constantly surprising novel illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope, and rediscovering life right up to the very end. She has conjured an entire community that reminds us that grace and magic can--and do--appear when we least expect it.Ę

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My first instinct when I got to the end of this book was to throw it across the room. But since I read a digital ARC, I thought better of it. I wanted to throw the book, not my iPad. Don't get me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

After listening to Jill McCorkle's talk at a Booktopia Petosky, MI I had to move Life after Life up on my list. Hearing McCorkle speak about her intentions gave me a better understanding of where she ... Read full review

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Contents

Joanna
1
Lois Flowers
12
CJ Carolina Jessamine
14
Sadie
25
Joanna
53
Curtis Edward Lamb
78
Abby
79
Luke Wishart
112
Toby
233
Martha Stone
240
CJ
242
Rachel
250
Joanna
263
Henry Morton Walker
281
Abby
283
Stanley
288

Rachel
113
Kendra
136
Willis Hall
154
Stanley
155
Mary Robertson
177
Toby
178
Suzanne Sullivan
203
Rachel
204
Kendra
215
Jeremiah Mason Bass
226
Stanley
227
Rosemary Carlyle
303
Sadie
304
CJ
309
Abby
317
Kendra
320
Joanna
322
CJ
329
Joanna
333
Acknowledgments
343
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About the author (2013)

Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books--four story collections and five novels--five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jillmccorkle.com.nbsp;

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