Life after Life

Life after Life

by Jill McCorkle
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Life after Life by Jill McCorkle

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565122550
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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. 

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Life after Life: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you why I didn't love this book, because that would ruin it for you. I can only say that if it were a TV series, everybody would want to watch the second episode, would maybe even put it on their calendars, so they'd be sure not to miss it. Jill McCorkle is an excellent writer. Her characters seem so real, you almost forget that they aren't. The detail that I can't tell you about will not keep me from reading her other books and short stories, and so I do recommend them to you.
lildirtydesigner More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book...really I did and I would give it 2.5 stars because I wanted to like it so much. I was hoping for a mix of Golden Girls and Steel Magnolias and what I got was a whole lot of nothing. There was some good parts, some so-so but others I was just thinking WTH? The premise of the story is a good one - how do people cope with life after loved ones leave this earth. Do people freeze up or do they keep on living? Mix that with life in a nursing home and a kid whose friends are the older generation. You should get a great book of "when I was your age..." and "darn kids...". What you get are stories of the residence pasts and how they live now. Pretty sad really...you live your whole life to end up and in a room? Not my idea of old age. It seems like Mrs. McCorkle didn't know how to end the book so she crammed in so much in the last few chapters that you thought you were reading a different book altogether. If you are a fan of Mrs. McCorkle you might like this book but for me, I wanted more than what I read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was enjoying book so much and I turned the page and it was over with SO many unanswered questions, I couldn't believe it.  Is there going to be a sequel, what happened?  A very disappointing ending.  In fact this is the first time I've posted any rating on any book, I was that upset. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few of her booksand they are all quite very good. This one is a bit depressing but still entertaining.
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PatAK More than 1 year ago
I expected to like this book since I am an older person. I just couldn't get into it, though, because of the writing style. I found it a bit confusing, so I gave up and quit.
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Ok shes getting annoying. Go to 99 coffins. Only if you want to see her. And oh yea i made new upgrades too. So have fun dying inside.
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Delphimo More than 1 year ago
The novel drags in places, but the premise of following a few characters as they prepare for death or that final adventure provides many inspiring moments. Joanna stands as the Greek chorus, forever giving her insight into the life and death of the characters. Many of the individuals speak and relate their story: Sadie, Rachel, Kendra, Stanley, Abby, and Kendra. McCorkle foreshadows the tragic ending early in the novel, so I was not surprised when the event happened. My disbelief is that the criminal walked away from the crime. Many of the deeds of the residents in the nursing home created a sense of the façade that many individuals create. Stanley stands out as a remarkable and lonely man. I like the fact that a nursing home is not always a prison cell, but can be a lively and beneficial environment. This is the type of novel that requires reading to be completed in a timely manner or the reader quickly loses interest in the topic.
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Half the reviews are off topic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has an outstanding premise--that the dying want to be remembered and how we view individuals who are facing the end of their lives. Portions are absolutely riveting. Sadly the author seems to run out of energy for her topic half way through the text and can't quite recover. The ending was disappointing.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book BUT....what happened to the doctor? The marriage of Ben & Kendra? Abby? Good premise but to me an unfinished book.
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There is a chat at july first result
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fly in. "Here's the place." I fly to the castle ((or whatever)). I knock on the doors. "May I join?" I ask.
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Where is hades
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