I loved this book. Maybe it's because I am a hospice volunteer as is one of the characters, Joanna. I thought her observations about death were right on. I also loved the variety of characters. Yes, there was one thing that wasn't great at the end but real life isn't perfect either.
Even though the style was a little odd, I did enjoy reading it up until the end (and found it to be a surprisingly quick read despite the style). However, unlike the printed summary about the book being uplifting, there was little in the ending that was left on a positive note. It didn't leave an ending that promised much hope for the characters in the future, which was disappointing. And one of the stories ends in a very disturbing way that doesn't seem necessary.
I got halfway through this, suspected I was wasting my time, read the final chapter and my suspicions were confirmed. bored to tears. Underwhelmed
I couldn't get into this book. To me it was bizarre. I only lasted about one chapter
"Though perhaps easily confused with the recent novel of the same name by Kate Atkinson, this book does not deal with a single life lived over and over again. Rather, in this Life After Life, residents of Fulton, N.C. - many at the Pine Haven retirement facility - share the stories of their lives in turn; a minor character in one tale becomes the narrator of the next. Though death is a constant presence (hospice volunteer Joanna keeps a notebook of every passing she's a part of), it never overwhelms, nor becomes maudlin or depressing, and author Jill McCorkle has a deft hand with humour and her indelible characters." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635711
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