Next Life Might Be Kinder

Next Life Might Be Kinder

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"Norman elegantly crafts a murder story that isn't a mystery; a ghost story without shivers. At its heart, this is a bittersweet love story, about the hole left in a life." — Seattle Times Sam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. Their brief, erotically charged marriage is extinguished with Elizabeth's murder. Sam's life afterward is complicated. In a moment of desperate confusion, he sells his life story to a Norwegian filmmaker named Istvakson, known for the stylized violence of his films, whose artistic drive sets in motion an increasingly intense cat-and-mouse game between the two men. Furthermore, Sam has begun "seeing" Elizabeth—not only seeing but holding conversations with her, almost every evening, and what at first seems simply hallucination born of terrible grief reveals itself, evening by evening, as something else entirely. "Beautifully and carefully written and unique, its meaning both elegant and elusive." — Ann Beattie "Compelling and satisfying. Howard Norman has written a complex literary novel and a page-turner that's impossible to put down." — Minneapolis Star Tribune "Quirky and probing . . . riveting . . . sexy." — Washington Post
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780547712147
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ChristchurchLib Jun 15, 2014

"Selling his life story to a violent filmmaker in the aftermath of his sensual wife's murder, Sam develops a cat-and-mouse relationship with the filmmaker and begins experiencing wrenching hallucinations. By the National Book Award-nominated author of The Bird Artist." Fiction A to Z June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f8a47f9a-47e1-421e-89e4-590a8c0bb5d0?postId=014b3586-7c3a-45ac-a7c4-7eb5a7b93283

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Twice nominated for the National Book Award, Norman returns with a novel about a brief, intense marriage that ends in the wife’s murder. In his grief, widower Sam Lattimore begins seeing, and talking to, his wife on the beach every night. However, after he sells the movie rights to her shocking murder story, things begin to unravel very quickly.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Twice nominated for the National Book Award, Norman returns with a novel about a brief, intense marriage that ends in the wife’s murder. In his grief, widower Sam Lattimore begins seeing, and talking to, his wife on the beach every night. However, after he sells the movie rights to her shocking murder story, things begin to unravel very quickly.
- Wayne Roylance

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