Life and Other Near-Death Experiences: A Novel

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences: A Novel

by Camille Pagan


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Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.

With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?

From critically acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503945623
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 159,339
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Camille Pagán’s work has appeared in dozens of publications and websites, including Forbes, Glamour, Men’s Health, Parade, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, WebMD, and Women’s Health. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

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Life and Other Near Death Experiences 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BPerlin More than 1 year ago
For such a sad premise, Life And Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán is anything but doom and gloom. It's real life but in the fast-lane when at any time it will all come to a screeching halt. But until then, this story is filled with precious, laughable, sarcastic moments that had me re-reading to make sure I understood it correctly. I mean, stories with the C word are usually dismal and disheartening but this is an uplift. Raw, smart and full of life. Unusual how upbeat this story feels as a read with an intensity I am not familiar with. I was right there in the moment and I was filled with joy, sadness, appreciation and an immense feeling of gratitude. The author tells this not so easy story with grace, smarts and a life force that is way beyond anything I could even comprehend. This story is a beautiful gem that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading a smart story but with real emotion and and a great deal of strength. I loved this book and ate up every morsel as if it was my last meal. The author tells a gripping story and knows how to keep you in anticipation. I couldn't be any more grateful.
camilledimaio76 More than 1 year ago
This book was unlike others I have read. Libby gets faced with two challenges in the same day - a cancerous death sentence, and a revelation about her marriage that makes her question the last two decades of her life. She decides to live the rest of her little time on her own terms, making bold decisions about where to travel, what to do with her condo, and finding true love and friendships. While thinking that her time is her own, she has to confront people around her who want her to make different choices - a sexy pilot, a successful twin brother, a broken father, a persistent ex-husband, a demanding boss, and an island-living friend. The author writes deftly confronts real-life issues with lightness and gravity all at the same time, and even humor at appropriate times. I never thought that reading about cancer and marital problems could be enjoyable, but Pagan's writing kept me riveted, and I finished the book in a couple of days.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Camille Pagan delivers another brilliant novel. When faced with death, how would you react? Libby Miller finds out she has cancer, and in the words of her twin brother Paul, “There is healthy denial and then there’s ‘Libbyland’”. The same day that Dr. Sander’s tells Libby she has a rare form of cancer, she goes home to find out that her husband of about 20 years has a secret all his own, that may mean the death of their marriage. With both of these bits of news, Libby is certainly in “Libbyland”. What is Libby to do? Quit her job, put her home up for sale, and run off to a town in Puerto Rico that her parents loved? This adventure begins when she is flying to Viegues, Puerto Rico…and she meets a man name Shiloh. She is going to spend one month in a rental property on the land of a woman named, Milagros. These two people will change her life as she knows it. Her brother, Paul is going to find her and figure out why she has ran away. He is not one to give up on his twin sister. While she is ready to “March into the great beyond” and not seek treatment for her cancer, she learns more about life than she had ever realized. The question is: Will she realize that she wants to live, before it is too late? I was enamored with this story from the beginning, right through to the end. Camille has a way of drawing you in to her stories, and making you feel like you are reading about someone you know and care for. This story will make you think about the choices you make each day regarding your life.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Life And Other Near-Death Experiences is the story of how a doctor's visit can change your life forever. Libby Miller thought she was living the good life, until one day when everything falls apart when her husband drops a bombshell on her and she finds out she has a type of cancer that isn't very curable. With everything up in arms, Libby decides to go to the Caribbean where she meets Shiloh, a man that will eventually change her life. With her past catching up with her and a new found love, everything will come together in a ending that will make anyone believe in second chances! This book had me from page one and it was way too hard to stop reading this book just to find out what happens with Libby. Camille did a excellent job of writing a book that made you cry one moment and laugh out loud the next and I could see myself rereading this book over and over! If this book is any indicating of how Camille writes, you can bet I'll be reading more books by her!! Thank You to Camille Pagan for writing such a heart-felt story that will make anyone a reader of your books!! I received this book from the BookSparks 2015 Fall Reading Challenge in exchange for a honest review.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “I often reminded myself that working for Jackie was a necessary evil, not unlike a colonoscopy or friendly fondling from airport security personnel.” “I was hoping for air conditioning, but he man rolled down the windows and I spent the next few minutes pretending to be entranced by palm trees while wondering if I was sweating hard enough to make it look like I wet my pants.” “The waiter regarded me as though he didn’t believe a word I was saying, but I was gripping my side in a manner that suggested I was in the middle of birthing a live cactus, and he decided it was better for me to be far from the dozen or so patrons brunching on the patio.” “I’m pretty sure the two stages of my cancer are diagnosis and dying.” “Don’t look back too much, you know? You’re not going that way.” My Review: Smartly written and highly amusing while achingly insightful, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences was a marvelous and delightful surprise. A woman is having the worst day of her life, she is given a death sentence by her Dr. and after rushing home to seek comfort from her husband, the love of her life, her bad day just doubled in intensity as he drops a bombshell on her that is equally devastating. You would think that a book about a woman working through the worst news a person could receive would be rather morbid or at best heavy and depressing, you would be – so wrong. Rather than fretting and reevaluating her life due to her “new expiration date” she decides not to waste her remaining time on medical treatments, but to go out with dignity. She goes against her typical optimistic and accommodating response and quits her stressful job, kicks her husband to the curb, puts her home on the market, and embarks on month long vacation, alone, to Puerto Rico – a place I have never been and would love to see. As a child she had watched her mother wither away in misery during chemo, and decided that was not for her – I have to agree to that school of thought myself. She wanted to her spare her family the stress and anxiety and doesn’t tell anyone about her health condition before she left, and only told a few strangers during her Puerto Rico adventure, where she meets and has a passionate and fun fling with a handsome man. Ms. Pagan’s characters were unique, witty, and likable. Her writing sparkled with humor that at times had me barking aloud and often still chuckling several minutes later, while it was also a bit dark at times, yet still amusing, such as when her passport photo made her appear “eerily cadaverous.” While the tone of the story was more humorous than dour, it was not without poignant moments as well. I fell apart and had a big ugly cry when she visited her mother’s grave for the first time as an adult, as it sparked memories of a similar reaction of my own to the finality. I had another spat of sobbing when she finally informed her father of her condition. No spoilers here but the ending was beyond satisfying.