Summary and reviews of Life After Life by Jill McCorkleFour of the main characters are residents of the retirement home — two work there and two live nearby. All have a story that has brought them to where they are now. As their stories unfold, the line between past and present blurs. And what about the future? Are we ever really done with life? Are we ever really gone?
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Delivered with wit and sensitivity, McCorkle illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope, and the grace that appears often when we least expect it. McCorkle has written five novels, as well as several short story collections. Life After Life is her first novel in 17 years. McCorkle recently spoke to Bookselling This Week about the genesis of the novel, the process of bringing her characters to life, and the reasons behind many authorial decisions. How did you choose this as your subject, and what did your research process entail?
A retirement home that gathers those ranging from childhood to old age seems an unlikely setting for a novel both gentle and sharp. Joanna Lamb returned to her childhood home in Fulton, N. He was dying when they met, brought her into hospice work and taught her to free herself from the hurt that was her weight. Fixing hair and doing manicures is C. All play necessary roles in this richly imagined narrative. Each is on his or her own journey, all are joined in Joanna. This example of extreme narcissism, in lesser hands, might come off as flat.
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Rate this book. 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. There's retired third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, a prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town's self-appointed conveyor of social status, who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle at Pine Haven is a puzzle to everyone but her; C. As each character? What they eventually learn about themselves and one another will profoundly transform them all.