So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
Orange Prize Winner of We need to talk about Kevin.
So much for that is definitely witty, observant and beautifully controlled!
Shepherd Knacker has been saving all his working life for a one way ticket away from the daily grind. When he sells his handyman business for $1million, 'The Afterlife' seems tantalisingly within reach.
Yet his wife has concocted one reason after another why now isn't the time to go. Determined to take the plunge, Shep announces that he is leaving for an island off the coast of Tanzania - with or without her. However, Glynis has an announcement of her own - she needs his health insurance.
Illustrating how a marriage is both stressed and strengthened by medical crisis, So Much for That puts the uncomfortable fiscal question - how much is one life worth?
Enlivened by Shriver's signature acerbity and political outrage, it's surely the funniest and most entertaining novel about illness and death one's ever likely to read.
About the Author
Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five different languages. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and New York City.
Paperback | 544 pages
130 x 197 x 37mm | 384g
17 Mar 2011
London, United Kingdom
Condition: Like New
A secondhand book that looks new but has been read. Cover has a couple of tiny (barely visible) scuff marks. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.