Life After Life: A Novel

Life After Life: A Novel

by Jill McCorkle

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Overview

"Gorgeously written . . . McCorkle's greatest gift is in illuminating the countless tiny moments that make up our time on Earth."—O: The Oprah Magazine

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. 

Jill McCorkle’s new novel, Hieroglyphics, is on sale June 9, 2020.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616203221
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 516,455
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jill McCorkle’s first two novels were released simultaneously when she was just out of college, and the New York Times called her “a born novelist.” Since then, she has published six novels and four collections of short stories, and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Five of her books have been New York Times Notable books, and her most recent novel, Life After Life, was a New York Times bestseller. She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, the Atlantic, and other publications. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard, where she also chaired the department of creative writing. She is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
 

What People are Saying About This

author of SERENA Ron Rash

“Like Flannery O’Connor, McCorkle’s genius is to give us both philosophical speculation and a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters. Great writing, poignancy, humor, wisdom—all are in abundance here. Jill McCorkle is one of the South’s greatest writers; she is also one of America’s.”

author of "The Cove" Ron Rash

“Great writing, poignancy, humor, wisdom—all are in abundance here. Jill McCorkle is one of the South’s greatest writers; she is also one of America’s.”

Unpublished endorsements

“Great writing, poignancy, humor, wisdom--all are in abundance here. Jill McCorkle is one of the South's greatest writers; she is also one of America's.” —Ron Rash, author of The Cove


“I have always loved Jill McCorkle’s books: her characters are such characters! But in Life After Life, she has outdone herself . . . There’s talk about magic in this wonderful novel, and Jill McCorkle displays her own sleight of hand in delivering a powerful message in such a subtle and beautiful way.” —Elizabeth Berg, author of The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted


“With Life After Life, Jill McCorkle knocks it out of the park and into the cosmos. Each character holds unique surprises that unveil the intricate magic of this brilliant novel.” —Beth Henley, author of Crimes of the Heart


“Jill is going to break your heart, but along the way make you glad you went with her. She has written a book that will haunt me for a long time--in the best way. She has given me people to populate my dreams." —Dorothy Allison, author of Cavedweller


"[McCorkle] finds that space where the humor and the sadness in these characters' lives come together, that space where she has always worked the best of her magic. Few writers can shift your emotions in such subtle ways that you are undoubtly changed when you reach the novel's end." —Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

author of THE DAY I ATE WHATEVER I WANTED Elizabeth Berg

“I have always loved Jill McCorkle’s books: her characters are such characters! But in Life After Life, she has outdone herself . . . There’s talk about magic in this wonderful novel, and Jill McCorkle displays her own sleight of hand in delivering a powerful message in such a subtle and beautiful way.”

author of "THE DAY I ATE WHATEVER I WANTED" Elizabeth Berg

“I have always loved Jill McCorkle’s books: her characters are such characters! But in Life After Life, she has outdone herself . . . There’s talk about magic in this wonderful novel, and Jill McCorkle displays her own sleight of hand in delivering a powerful message in such a subtle and beautiful way.”

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