Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; and Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle in Fulton is a mystery to everyone but her. C.J., the pierced and tattooed young mother who runs the beauty shop, and Joanna, the hospice volunteer who discovers that her path to a good life lies with helping folks achieve good deaths, are two of the staff on whom the residents depend.
McCorkle puts her finger on the pulse of every character’s strengths, weaknesses, and secrets. And, as she connects their lives through their present circumstances, their pasts, and, in some cases, their deaths, she celebrates the blessings and wisdom of later life and infuses this remarkable novel with hope and laughter.
©2013 Jill McCorkle (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Great concept for a book but this one is all over the place and it doesn't help at all that the reader does nothing for the characters. Perhaps if each character were given a distict voice to match their personalities it would be easier to follow all the jumping from person to person from the past to the present, etc.
I can't reccomend.
The narrator was terrible: monotone to the extent that after a short time I could only react negatively to her voice, not listen to the story.
Never got there.
I think the different characters could have come to life with the right reader.
Can I get my book credit back?
This book was a big disappointment for me. It was not at all what I expected. Based on the summary, I thought the story would revolve around the life stories, lessons learned and wisdom of the residents of a home for the elderly as told to two younger women - a hospice volunteer and a hairdresser/manicurist who work there. That is not what the book delivered. The stories were disjointed, it was difficult to keep the characters straight and there were no life lessons or wisdom anywhere to be found. Most of the characters were unlikable and there was no resolution to any of the subplots.
Not at all. I'm attracted to novels that look back at a character's life with reflection and wisdom. This one was just not very well done.
Except for when there was dialogue (which was seldom), she droned on in a boring monotone with no effort to distinguish one narrator/character from another. I would not listen to another book narrated by her.
I didn't read the print. I listened to the audiobook twice.
Many realistic characters, Touchingly well described.
Emotional story of life as we age. Touching for an aging child of elderly parents from a small town.
Great book if you enjoy an ensemble, character driven story. Wonderfully read.
I love the way that Jill McCorkle paints the characters in all of her books, and Life After Life is no different. I loved that this was a great story with some amazing character studies woven in.
Holly Fielding is a great storyteller, and really picks up on the subtleties of McCorkle's characters.
I really liked listening to Life After Life broken up in pieces on my commute - each time, I felt like I was digging into a different character's story.
I can't believe I did that. I meant to buy Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and got this one instead. Talk about buyer's remorse. I listened to the first 30 minutes or so and, although it wasn't horrible, it wasn't the book I wanted to listen to...
I had the right title but the wrong author.
Just not the book I was looking for.
I liked the narrator.
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