The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
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Unlike many, though, he grasps that we chase that tension not to cross into some “other side” but to feel steadier on this one. “We are here for the heat,” he writes. “For the friction. For the difficult mess.”
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Synopsis

“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.
 

About Thomas Pierce

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Thomas Pierce was born and raised in South Carolina. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic,  Oxford American, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Virginia creative writing program, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.
 
Published January 9, 2018 by Riverhead Books. 379 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 11 2017

There’s a second, related tale woven into Jim’s story. It is, at some moments, slightly more compelling than the main text, but it mostly just makes a slow novel slower.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis on Jan 12 2018

Unlike many, though, he grasps that we chase that tension not to cross into some “other side” but to feel steadier on this one. “We are here for the heat,” he writes. “For the friction. For the difficult mess.”

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Daryl Gregory on Feb 01 2018

In “The Afterlives,” Pierce has worked a similar magic, connecting us to fictional characters who seem, somehow, 100 percent real.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jan 11 2018

The Afterlives is an admirably straight-faced novel, and Pierce writes as if he's allergic to the snide, the ironic and the pseudo-intellectual. It's a deeply generous, compassionate book...

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