In a Nutshell
Having read Camille Pagan’s first novel The Art of Forgetting a few years back and absolutely loving it I was really excited to read her newest Life and Other Near-Death Experiences and once again she has written a beautiful and moving novel which I could not put down. This book is about life and living each moment the way you want to – the way that makes you happiest because there are no guarantees in life. Live each moment to the fullest and with humor and love.
Thoughts on the Story
Libby’s story starts with a bang. She is having the worst day of her life. Not only does she find out she’s dying from a rare form of cancer but her husband also picks that day to tell her he’s gay. Libby literally flips out and decides she just can’t do it. She thought she could but she can’t. Without giving it a lot of thought she quits her job and heads to Puerto Rico for a month. After a harrowing plane ride in which she meets the intriguing Shiloh, Libby embarks on the next phase of her life for Shiloh has his own ideas on how Libby should be handling her fate that make her step back and reevaluate her own thoughts on how she’d like to live out her last days. Will she fight this awful disease and let all the people who love her continue to do so and help her in the biggest fight of her life? Will she win that fight? And will she let go and love again?
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences is written with humor and heart in a way that leaves you feeling hopeful. Libby is a character I both liked and didn’t like. She was faced with a devastating diagnosis which evoked sympathy in me but at the same time she could be so unforgiving of things. What I did love about her though was her discovery of how precious life is and how it is most definitely worth fighting for.
Highly recommended for fans of women’s fiction. Camille Pagan is an author not to miss!
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This sounds outstanding. Thanks for the giveaway!
Literary Feline says
This sounds like an interesting book, Darlene. I like the sound of it, although I worry a little about not liking the main character. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me, but other times it does. I’m still working out the specifics of why in either case. 🙂 Still, this is one worth keeping on the radar, it sounds like.
Thanks for the giveaway! I will add it to my blog’s sidebar. Thanks for a very readable and concise review, Darlene.
Heather J @ TLC Book Tours says
I always appreciate a current of hope in any story.
Thanks for being a part of the tour!