Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
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...McCorkle offers a heightened, stream-of-consciousness journey, punctuated with a last glance backward. But the real successes in this novel are found in simple, often luminous moments this side of the great divide...
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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. 

 

About Jill McCorkle

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Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books—four story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jillmccorkle.com. 
 
Published May 26, 2013 by A Shannon Ravenel Book. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Roy Hoffman on May 10 2013

...McCorkle offers a heightened, stream-of-consciousness journey, punctuated with a last glance backward. But the real successes in this novel are found in simple, often luminous moments this side of the great divide...

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Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Mar 27 2013

...the characters in McCorkle's quaintly touching novel are bound to stay with you after you put it down, giving them a sort of afterlife — or "life after life" — after all.

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