One of Library Journal's "Best Books of 2016"
A Best 35 Over 35 Pick
Blogcritics Best Fiction of the Year
"A novel so startlingly original and so unafraid to approach complicated, bald emotion and anger." The Brooklyn Rail
"A very cunning variation on the revenge fable." The New York Times Book Review
"The lusty, livid Joanna is the hottest middle-aged/dead woman in fiction." The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Joanna DeAngelis may be gone from this life, but she has a score to settle before she can move on to the next.
Abandoned by Ned McGowan, her younger lover, and obsessed with his betrayal, Joanna falls into a dark afterlife, only to rise up as a restless, vengeful spirit. Anna and Elena, her loving daughters, grapple with grief. Her faithful dog, Tom, watches and waits. But Joanna has only one thing on her agenda: revenge. She streaks through contemporary Manhattan, chasing Ned down, determined to hold him accountable for leaving her alone in her darkest hour.
Along the way, Joanna revisits the beautiful life she once had, the choices she made and the consequences she suffered. She is transported by memory into desire and even deeper, into her very soul, where she searches for what’s been lost … and finds what is eternal. At the end of her journey, none of them – Jo’s daughters, her dog, Ned and the ghost Joanna – will ever be the same.
Fierce and funny, dark and uplifting, a sexy, lyrical page-turner, Stephanie Gangi's The Next is at its heart, a love story about a ghost who is determined to fix her life, even after she’s dead.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
STEPHANIE GANGI lives, works and writes in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It starts off pulling at your heart strings with the end of Joanna's life and then takes on a whole new feel as a vengeful, hate filled ghost story. Joanna is royally pissed at Ned and that's not going to stop just because she's dead. She is going to haunt until she is satisfied, driving everyone mad (especially narcissist Ned) in her midst. Full of anger, lust, and the quest for revenge- The Next was highly entertaining and without one of the most unique books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Thank you to the Great Thoughts Ninja Review Team and St. Martin's Press for a copy of this book. All opinions are mine alone.
From the first scene of this book, I was hooked; long before I understood what the book was about I could not stop reading. I got a tiny peek into the book and then hoped I could somehow get an ARC, which I did, many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. So, what got my interest so completely? A woman is dying of cancer, she is at home with her two adult daughters, and she is rapidly approaching the end of her life. But she is consumed with her smart phone and the images she finds there, or surfs and finds, of a former boyfriend and his new life writ large. He was the love of her life and he left to pick up some groceries and never came back. The next thing she knows he is an Internet sensation with a rich new girlfriend and a baby on the way. And she is filled with rage that he never, at the very least, said good-bye. As she sinks into a morphine haze and then death, this rage gets more intense and follows her. It animates her post-death and then the story gets interesting as revenge, remorse and some attempt at restitution must all occur before this story is complete. This is an amazingly wonderful tale, neither too maudlin nor too rage-filled. It is just right on every front. I loved it
Joanna is dying of cancer and her daughters are taking care of her. Joanna has the sweetest dog Tom he was my favorite character! Joanna is stalking her ex-boyfriend who dumped Joanna for a much younger new girlfriend when she gets sick so her ghost keeps on stalking him. There were some very funny parts when Joanna is haunting Ned and there are some terribly sad parts with Joanna's daughters. It was a really good book different from any I had read before. Thank you to Great Thoughts' Great Readers,NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings An interesting read that if I had known what it was about, I may have skipped over it, but going in with no preconceived notions - I ended up liking it. So this may be a little spoilerie. So stop here if you already know that you want to read this one. Read on if you need a little convincing and are ok with a little spoilers! A few chapters into the book Joanna passes away and from there the book took a turn and I was worried I wouldn't go with it, but I ended up loving it. Her spirit/ghost stays in New York and she decides to haunt and bless those who bugged and loved her in her life. I loved how she got to come back and mess with people who have wronged her - that part of the book I loved!
The Next is the story of a haunting gone very wrong! Joanna DeAngelis is on her deathbed and while her two daughters are worried about her, all Joanna can think about is how to get even with her younger ex-boyfriend. As Joanna crosses over and gets her revenge on the ex, she soon realizes where she is meant to be in the end. I'm torn about this book about hating it and just not liking this book at all. Just reading in the first few pages of what Joanna did while on her deathbed (not wanting to be with her daughters and just wanting to be on social media to stalk her ex) was wrong on so many levels but then at the same time, it paints a true picture of what we have become as a society of being glued to the internet. I do think you have to be in a right place without hearing hate going on like we are in the upcoming election, to fully enjoy this book without looking at it in a negative light. Thank You to Stephanie Gangi for writing a debut novel that is making me curious to what will be your next book! I received this book from BookSparks : Fall Reading Challenge 2016 in exchange for a honest review.
What an amazing book this is!!! On the surface we meet Joanna who is dying. She has two daughters, Anna is in med school and Laney (Elena) who basically lives with her Mother as caregiver. Then there is Tom, Tom is her every faithful companion, her helper, protector and comfort, never leaves her side. Tom is her dog. This is her second round of cancer and the one that will take her life. She has become obsessed with the man Ned, who she had a relationship with; a college professor, a wanna be writer, who now has a little commentary on Fox, he is also younger than her 46 years. They have a good relationship, she's an encourager, they have much in common things are going well. There is a split. He comes back and meanwhile so does her cancer. He makes promises, leaves one day to go to the store and never returns ; he leaves with the intent of going to break it off with the very popular, dermatologist to the rich and famous, I'm the queen Dr. he has started a relationship with, he's arm candy for her. When he arrives, she has a little surprise for him. So he leaves Joanna alone. While becoming sicker Joanna becomes obsessed with her phone, watching the two of them on every social media there is. Anna, decides to take her phone away, thinking the obsession is "unhealthy." Her distaste for Ned and her mothers obsession she fails to understand. Lane sneaks her mother the phone. As she grows sicker, Joanna plots revenge in her mind. Anna is the older, she basically barks orders and leaves. That's her way of dealing with things. She treats her sister like a doormat. Joanna dies early in the book and what we see is the "next" a realm where spirits who aren't settled dwell until they can move on. They have their feet in both worlds. Let me make clear, this is not a paranormal book. Quite the contrary. As we watch Joanna enter this realm, she begins to test her ability starting with Ned. It's been Ned and his Dr Trudi she's aiming to level. Ned, to inflict upon him what he inflicted upon her. To bring him low and wow what a show. Meanwhile we watch Anna caught between two women, one she is in a relationship with, another who tempts her. Lane who is basically existing, grieving. Making decisions for her future. As the story unfolds we see the unraveling of Ned. Ned trying to talk to Lane, after he's been dumped by Trudi. It's clear that Tom knows and senses his masters presence and Lane does too, but she doubts. There's a pivotal moment when Ned's life falls apart. They skirt the issue of spirits, yet they both somehow know their mother is around. She leaves them a legacy of love. That she does. We see this all unfold toward the end of the book. I can't say enough good things about this book. The author's words so eloquent at times and so brutal at others. The dialogue is perfection, this book and all it's wild and crazy beauty, makes us think of the unknown. It brings you to that place, if you allow it to ask yourself about the in between. Clearly Joanna's work here wasn't done and until she finished, she tethered herself in between. Until it was time. Mainly, it's a story about love. When it all comes down to the end. Which is the truth. Ms Gangi, you are one hell of a writer. Thank you for Tom!!! This book is one wild ride into the next! And in the end it's all about the love. I definitely recommend this book. **arc from Net Galley and St Martins Press** in exchange for an honest review