A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife: On the Other Side Known Commonly as "The Little Book"

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Bantam Books, 1997 - Fiction - 136 pages
"A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife is a unique collaboration of three authors - two living and one dead. The text has a strange provenance. It was received by Daniel Quinn in a dream - from the hands of a recently deceased acquaintance." "Or maybe it wasn't." "With the help of Tom Whalen, Quinn brings to living readers an unearthly gazetteer affectionately known among the dead as "The Little Book." The answers to life's great questions about the beyond lie within these pages." "Or maybe they don't." "A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife can be read as a parable, an allegory, a work of fiction - or exactly what it claims to be: a helpful handbook for the recently deceased. However it's read, readers will find it filled with uncommon wisdom, bizarre imaginings, uncanny perceptions, and unexpected humor. They will discover that the departed have not given up on sex, controversy, speculation, or religion - far from it! They will learn how to get over the staggers, how to avoid becoming a deadhead, how to survive outbreaks of memory-loss hysteria, and how to deal with troublesome neighbors and disconcerting phantasms. They will find out how some famous people in history are passing their time in the hereafter, and how some completely unfamous people have become Afterlife celebrities."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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In Quinn's best-selling, quasi-environmental novel Ishmael, a man and an ape engage in a Socratic dialog. Here, a voice from beyond tells of a legendary book that contains answers to life's most vexing questions. Read full review

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Wonderfully imaginative. Exactly what I hope the afterlife will be.

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About the author (1997)

Daniel Quinn's first book, Ishmael, won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, a prize for fiction presenting creative and positive solutions to global problems.  He is also the author of Providence, The Story of B, and My Ishmael.

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