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Life after Life

de Jill McCorkle

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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.''… (més)
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What a book to start the year with! Sad but beautiful. Life After Life is a collection of several touching life stories woven together into one inspiring narrative. McCorkle's characters are so truthful and interesting. I fell in love with this book based on the richness of the characters: C. J., Abby, Sadie, Joanna, Rachel . . . among my favorites. The ending broke my heart because I loved the characters so much. This Life After Life novel far surpasses the other of the same name by Atkinson. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
I loved this book. It is told from many different view points but I suppose the main character is Joanna. She is a hospice volunteer and eases the transition from life to death, especially in older people. I love all the older characters, especially Rachael, Toby and Stanley. There is something sinister that happens at the end and we pretty much know who did it, but he is a character that has always been on the sidelines. A really good book. ( )
  LilQuebe | Mar 10, 2021 |
I can't figure out why I'm having such difficulty finishing this book. I really couldn't tell you what it's about or how all the narrators are related. Perhaps I'll try again someday.
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
This was a library loan and didn't hold my interest. I may try to pick it up again but at is time I need to abandon this read. Maybe after some time I might see it a new light? ( )
  marquis784 | Feb 15, 2020 |
"Life After Life" is the title of this novel and is a title that addresses not just life after death, but also fresh starts.

The primary character of the novel is Joanna. She is the owner of a local hot dog stand--left to her by her late father--but her primary job is to sit with the dying at Pine Haven Estates, a retirement community. She keeps two notebooks--one is the official one she turns over to the nurse when Joanna goes off duty--and the second one is a personal notebook, in which she keeps notes about everyone she sits with. It is her way of preventing them from disappearing--a trait she mastered early in life, and is still learning to undo.

Joanna's life after life involves returning to her hometown and facing the reputation she's gained as an Elizabeth Taylor; i.e. a woman of too many marriages. She also must deal with a difficult family situation--her mother died when she was gone, and her father isn't ready to forgive Joanna for that. Returning also involves dealing with Ben, her childhood friend, who is now in a loveless marriage, but has a daughter he adores. His wife, on the other hand, has plans to start a new life with someone of a much higher social status in town, a well-respected doctor who can't afford to have the secrets of his double (and more) life become public.

C.J.(Carolina Jasmine) is half Joanna's age, but the two are still best friends. C.J. also works at the nursing home--one of the many jobs she's had in her young life. C.J. has done whatever she had to do to survive , but she's determined her young son Kurt will have a childhood far better than C.J. had. If need be, she has the means to support a new life tucked away in a safe hiding place.

Pine Haven Estates is populated with unique characters as well--the highly respected lawyer Stanly Stone, who is faking dementia in the hopes his son will a life of his own, former third grade teacher Sadie Randolph, and Rachel Silverman, a new widow who left her Massachusetts home for this retirement community in Fulton, North Carolina, for reasons she keeps to herself--are just a few diverse residents living out the rest of their days with each other, and sometimes family, for company. In one way or another, each of the residents is looking for a new life--not always through death--in place of the one they used to have.

The possibility of a new life is what each of these characters faces at some point in the book, and following their journeys can take paths totally unexpected, which made this novel enjoyable to read.

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  Cheryl.Russell | May 25, 2019 |
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In its quiet way, “Life After Life,” McCorkle’s sixth novel, is a daring venture — an attempt to tell a big story inside a tiny orbit. At the Pine Haven retirement center in the author’s familiar, fictional Fulton, N.C., dinner is finished early, which is fine with sunny Sadie, “who likes to watch ‘Jeopardy’ in her pajamas.” Other occupants are less delighted with the place: crusty Toby, a retired schoolteacher, repairs to her room, “haunted by little past moments,” and Rachel, once a lawyer up North, sniffs at Southern manners and sweet tea, succumbing to “a wave of time sickness” for her former life.

The prospect of spending hours among these people might seem tedious to a reader not having to bunk at Pine Haven himself (“Who in the hell wants dinner at 5:30?” as feisty Rachel complains), but McCorkle is a poet of the everyday.
 
The book — released a week before Kate Atkinson's novel of the same title — revolves around characters linked in different ways to Pine Haven, a retirement center in Fulton, N.C. Chapters alternate between bits of narrative and short pieces about various characters' deaths written from two points of view — that of a hospice volunteer and that of the deceased.

As grim and morbid as this sounds, it's not. McCorkle's writing is tender and warm and funny, not sad.
 
Amid a literary landscape increasingly rife with metafictional and postmodern high jinks, Jill McCorkle's sixth novel, Life After Life, is as resolutely down to earth and unpretentious as the hot-dog franchise owned by one of her characters.
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If parts of the novel read like a needlepoint sampler, other parts read like needlepoint graffiti.
 
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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.''

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