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The Afterlives
The Afterlives: A Novel | Thomas Pierce
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Ridiculously good (The New York Times) author Thomas Pierce's debut novel is a funny, poignant love story that answers the question: What happens after we die? (Lots of stuff, it turns out). Jim Byrd died. Technically. For a few minutes. The diagnosis: heart attack at age thirty. Revived with no memory of any tunnels, lights, or angels, Jim wonders what--if anything--awaits us on the other side. Then a ghost shows up. Maybe. Jim and his new wife, Annie, find themselves tangling with holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, and a machine that connects the living and the dead. As Jim and Annie journey through history and fumble through faith, they confront the specter of loss that looms for anyone who dares to fall in love. Funny, fiercely original, and gracefully moving, The Afterlives will haunt you. In a good way.
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ONH
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“Still, too much happiness could be dangerous. Because whenever I felt too happy, inevitably I would begin to wonder if the happiness was real. If any of this was real.” 👻🔮🌼

Lovely, well-written intersection between a romance and meditations on death. Is the universe just a “pair of old pants, a bald patch on the knee?” Is there crossover between the material and immaterial? Are we really all here?

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Started this yesterday. A first novel that explores what, if anything, happens after we die. What‘s out there and waiting? Very well written and I‘m excited to see how it plays out

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valeriegeary
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I almost quit on this book. 10 pages in, I was looking around for something else to read, but decided to give it to page 50 at least, & boy am I glad I did! Smart & deeply affecting, a story that delves into our anxieties about death & what happens after, with a love story woven in. Vaguely reminiscent of The Time Traveller's Wife. If you love #litfic, this one's for you!!

"We are here for the heat. For the friction. For the difficult mess."

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valeriegeary
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❤️❤️❤️

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valeriegeary
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Settling in for the night.

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valeriegeary
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A sampling of my local library's most recent Lucky Day shelf! Which would you choose? #librarylove

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emilygatlin
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Signatures are fascinating. Ready to start this baby!

AlexGeorge That is a very silly signature. 2y
emilygatlin @AlexGeorge It's the extra squiggle on top. 🤔 2y
AlexGeorge Right?!? 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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What an unexpected read. It was thought provoking and makes you take a look at what might happen when you die. Great read, and would highly recommend.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next up for this wonderful weekend!

mrozzz How are you liking it?? 2y
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Christine
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Really liked this! Pierce‘s writing is lovely, and his characters felt very real (even as their world seemed super unreal by our standards). Despite a very different approach to the topic/setting/tone, elements of this book‘s portrayal of the life/afterlife relationship reminded of me of The Leftovers - not the book, which I haven‘t read, but the HBO series, which I recently bingewatched and LOVED - and that made me enjoy this book even more.

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Christine
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According to our backyard, it is spring already...😮🌸 #audiogardening

CouronneDhiver Yay!!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 2y
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mauveandrosysky
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A smart, funny and imaginative work of speculative fiction written for those of us who battle the existential dread of knowing that one day we and everyone we love will die—those of us who don't have the comfort of a firm belief in any sort of afterlife. The technology aspects are intriguing and thoughtful, and the parts about marriage and love are insightful and relatable. Pierce took on an ambitious topic and handled it with deftness and heart.

Lauren.Archer Oh I just picked this up this weekend. Glad you liked it. 2y
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kamoorephoto
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I just finished the ARC for this, which releases next week, after it had been waiting for me to read for months, and I‘m basically speechless. I should‘ve read it as soon as I got it! It almost defies description but it can be described as sci-fi as well as a portrait of a marriage, and includes everything from ghosts to holograms, and questions what happens to us when we die with a good dose of humor! Full review http://bit.ly/AfterlivesReview

Cinfhen Nice review! I'm intrigued 😊 2y
kamoorephoto @Cinfhen Have a read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2y
kamoorephoto #PopSugar2018 (book about death/grief) (edited) 2y
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KikiLovesBooks
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3.5 ⭐️ I wish this had two things: more developed, main characters; and a stronger ending. I love the premise of this novel and the style it‘s written in. A serious and fatal heart condition causes Jim to closely examine his own existence and the very meaning of life and what happens “after.” I wanted to know Jim and Annie much more than what I got here! Set in a near but imaginable future.

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kamoorephoto
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“I‘ll just pop into Value Village and see if there are any good books...” aaaand I come out with FIVE. Well I had to because if you buy four, you get one free. So, #bookhaul! And three of them are ARCs! I‘m so happy because I had ‘Paradox Bound‘ as an e-galley so I‘m happy to have the real thing, can‘t wait to read Afterlives, and I STILL have yet to read ‘Ready Player One‘! All for $12!! SCORE.

Tamra Of course.......! 2y
AmandaL I really liked Kissing in America and Ready Player One! 2y
kamoorephoto Can‘t wait! @AmandaL did you read Warcross? There have been many comparisons made. But I loved that... 2y
AmandaL No I haven't read it! I'm adding it to my stock now. 2y
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melissarochelle
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Severus is trying to distract me from reading. But it isn't going to work because I need to know what this book is about.

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shutupsmalls
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I'm really liking this one so far