Shep Knacker has long saved for “the Afterlife,” an idyllic retreat in the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Exasperated that his wife, Glynis, has concocted endless excuses why it’s never the right time to go, Shep finally announces he’s leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her. Yet Glynis has some news of her own: she’s deathly ill. Shep numbly puts his dream aside, while his nest egg is steadily devastated by staggering bills that their health insurance only partially covers. Astonishingly, illness not only strains their marriage but saves it.
I'm sure others have read this and had plenty to say. I could, but I won't for a few reasons:
- too political
- too personal
- healthcare costs/ insurance companies
- drains on society
- Wall Street
- Socialism (socialized medicine)
Recommend? Yes. This one gives you a lot to think about and wonder what would you do if you found yourself in the situation of the main characters. Heck, some of you may have or currently are in that situation. Shriver has a way of being blunt and getting down to the nitty gritty of life. She's not afraid to pull punches and to knock you off your feet!
Published: 2010Publisher: Harper PerennialPages: 433Genre: Fiction
About Lionel Shriver
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