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Life After Life By Jill McCorkle Life After Life Award winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this her tenth work of fiction Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self d

  • Title: Life After Life
  • Author: Jill McCorkle
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  • Life After Life By Jill McCorkle Award winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self discovery at any age And the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center from twelve year old Abby to eighty five year old Sadie share some of life Award winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self discovery at any age And the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center from twelve year old Abby to eighty five year old Sadie share some of life s most profound discoveries and are some of the most true to life characters that you are ever likely to meet in fiction Delivered with her trademark wit, Jill McCorkle s constantly surprising novel illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope, and rediscovering life right up to the very end She has conjured an entire community that reminds us that grace and magic can and do appear when we least expect it.
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    1. Constance on said:

      I liked this until the end There are several interesting storylines though one is maddenly predictable Rachel Stanley There are some complex characters, especially Joanna who turns her life around after hitting bottom and becomes a hospice worker Kendra, on the other hand is purely, inexplicably evil and makes life miserable for her tragically sad daughter who finds a second home at Pine Haven The men fare the worst in this novel, from Ned who can t recover from losing his unborn child, to Joe [...]

    2. Jan on said:

      I suspect Jill McCorkle chose the title Life After Life to hint that there can be new life even after one s family and professional responsibilities have ended, but for me life after life described the too many people we meet in this somewhat rambling and uneven novel After reading 60 pages I needed to return to the beginning to create a who s who list shades of Russian novels, but this is hardly Tolstoy I then discovered I hadn t forgotten who certain people were, but that a number of them had [...]

    3. Connie on said:

      We live days and weeks and months and years with so little awareness of life We wait for the bad things that wake us up and shock our systems But every now and then, on the most average day, it occurs to you that this is it This is all there is Jill McCorkle, Life After LI ve I had wanted to read this for some time as McCorkle is an author local to me Then a coworker who visits a rural NC nursing home that I used to work in gave me a copy and said, These are our folks So I was so disappointed wh [...]

    4. Julie on said:

      I loved the first 3 4 of this book, and was planning on rating the book with 4 stars The characters were so well developed and interesting, even the minor characters I love how she had different points of view from the same event and the death of the characters Wonderful Then I read the last 1 4 It was abrupt and seemed like the author did not know how to end the book After the characters were so well developed, I had trouble seeing certain events occurring Why would CJ keep tolerating Andy s mo [...]

    5. Noeleen on said:

      Set in Pine Haven Estates, a North Carolina retirement home, Jill McCorkle s novel, Life After Life, introduces us to a wonderful collection of uniquely different characters and through these characters, explores various events in their lives, their thoughts and experiences of life, their life after life and ultimately, their experiences of death.This is an extremely character driven book The plot is not important here and takes a necessary second place to the personalities we meet It is through [...]

    6. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance on said:

      One of my constant worries as a reader is that a beloved author will disappoint It is especially true when the beloved author hasn t published anything in a long, long time Jill McCorkle is one such author for me and I must say that I was very, very worried that her new book, Life After Life, would be a disappointment Happily, I will tell you that this did not happen.Life After Life takes place in a nursing home All the characters live in the nursing home or work in the nursing home or have fami [...]

    7. Pam on said:

      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 [...]

    8. Ron Charles on said:

      Jill McCorkle has been concentrating on short stories for a long time, and that form leaves a strong imprint on Life After Life, her first novel in 17 years The early chapters read like a collection of stories as they rotate through the lives of people connected to the Pine Haven retirement center It s a cheery, one stop institution that offers independent living with an eye to the undiscovered country nursing care, hospice and, finally, a graveyard next door Only later, as these tales accumulat [...]

    9. Carol on said:

      After listening to Jill McCorkle s talk at a Booktopia Petosky, MI I had to move Life after Life up on my list Hearing McCorkle speak about her intentions gave me a better understanding of where she was coming from Forgive me if these are not quite what she said It ain t over til it s over, that drama and humor tread a thin line, and that there can be a celebration of life even with the bleakest of topics piqued my interest and got me reading I have mentioned before that as I get older and loved [...]

    10. Amy on said:

      Readers looking for unforgettable characters and thought provoking issues need look no further than Jill McCorkle s latest novel Life After Life Meet the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center in Fulton, North Carolina, and prepare to have your life changed by them From the youngest visitor, twelve year old Abby, to eighty five year old resident Sadie, there is a lot about life to be learned Other residents include Stanley Stone, a once prominent lawyer now feigning [...]

    11. Melissa Rochelle on said:

      My first instinct when I got to the end of this book was to throw it across the room But since I read a digital ARC, I thought better of it I wanted to throw the book, not my iPad Don t get me wrong, I LOVED this book McCorkle made me feel real emotions REAL, ya ll While the events of the book only cover a couple of days, you get each characters story You love some, you despise some, and some you want to hug And in the end you realize that life isn t always easy, but it goes on We lose people ar [...]

    12. Elizabeth☮ on said:

      Set in a retirement home, this book interweaves the lives of the residents and those that care for them It is told in alternating narratives, which, initially took me a while to get used to Not because the writing is unclear, but because I had to get the characters straight in my head This is a book about small moments that change the course of a life Small moments that carry weight and importance, but it s also knowing when to let go of such moments.I felt such a warm feeling in my heart readin [...]

    13. Maryellen on said:

      The pain of losing people you love is the price of the ticket for getting to know them at all The you love someone, the higher the cost This character driven book isn t just about the life we live it is about the life we leave behind The bits and pieces of our very essence that fill the memories of those whose lives we ve touched Sometimes those bits and pieces are the cause of smiles and sometimes the cause of tears Joanna Lamb loved And she lost Just when Joanna decided to simply disappear, l [...]

    14. Jill on said:

      Had Jill McCorkle kept with what I suspect was her original intention to shine a spotlight on that creaky bridge between two places, the past and the present, the before and the after this would have been a brilliant book.But instead, she tries to mine her material to uncover human eccentricity and comedy and the result is a book that must settle on being entertaining.With a nod toward Edgar Lee Masters and the Spoon River Anthology, Jill McCorkle focuses on the people of Pine Haven Retirement H [...]

    15. Ed on said:

      There is some really lovely stuff going in Jill McCorkle s Life After Life, basically a collection of character studies that coalesce with each other and across time, from the past to present Set in a retirement community tho sort of combo d with assisted living and nursing home , there is some wonderful meditations on the meaning of life and death While many of the characters that populate this novel are elderly members of this community, central figures also include a hospice worker, a pierced [...]

    16. Kelly Hager on said:

      This book is a complete surprise I hadn t read any of Jill McCorkle s books before, although I had always heard good things.All I knew going into this book was the fact that there were two books called Life After Life coming out almost on the same day, and that this one is likely to be overshadowed by the Kate Atkinson version The plots are completely different This book focuses on the lives of people connected to an assisted living home, and it is absolutely beautiful And that s one of the thin [...]

    17. Heather Fineisen on said:

      Okay so I wrote this brilliant review filled with witticisms and profound observations and for some reason it didn t save That said, Jill McCorkle has apparently been a well known, although not by me, southern writer who hasn t published a book in many years I consider this an early holiday gift, as I have the joy of experiencing her other books Life after Life is about a retirement community in North Carolina and the characters, and I do mean characters, who live and work there Joanna, a hospic [...]

    18. Elaine Drennon on said:

      I fell in love with Jill McCorkle when I read The Cheerleader in 1984 and have owned every book since While her short story collections are my favorites of their genre, I always believed I could never love another novel as much as Tending to Virginia, which I swore she d stolen from characters in my immediate family and from feelings I d harbored that I d never divulged to a soul But it s 5 a.m and I just finished Life After Life, and this is surely my new favorite novel of all time.Worried that [...]

    19. Larry Bassett on said:

      My earliest idea for this novel came twenty years ago when I sat with my dad as he was dying The idea was completely abstract, and I didn t even begin to know how to pursue it But I knew that I was interested in capturing and highlighting that moment when a person leaves One minute you are in the room with someone who has a life filled with detailed history and memories, and in the next minute, the person is gone, and those details and memories those that have been told to someone are all that r [...]

    20. Dougald Blue on said:

      This amazing book is a literary gem It is centered on a nursing home in a small town near the North Carolina coast sounds like Southport to me and weaves together the lives of a disparate group of folks, young and old It might sound dreary It is anything but It points to the resilience and creativity in all of us through all of life no matter how hard things can get for us It is a selection in St Stephen s Episcopal Church s summer reading program Here is my comment on the book s effect on me as [...]

    21. Kristin on said:

      As a nurse who has worked in an assisted living facility in the past, I really wanted to love this book, and the description made it sound great, as did all of the great reviews I, however, was immensely disappointed Each chapter is about a different character in his or her perspective but told from a usually third person point of view I was over half way through the book before I could piece together all the characters and their connections and relationships, as some are mentioned only once or [...]

    22. Gloria Bernal on said:

      The accolades from reviewers prompted me to expect much After completing about half of the novel I realized that the masterpiece promised by the editor on the back cover was not going to happen I was expecting a luminosity of prose, something worthy of the term masterpiece I really can t imagine a novel being referred to as a masterpiece when on page 14, very early on, we are introduced to C.J whose opening line is Speaking of things never to tell your kids How about where you were f at the tim [...]

    23. E on said:

      It s been years maybe even decades since I read Jill McCorkle, and I was attracted to this book about the intersection of elderly retirement home folks with others in a small community as my mother now lives in one of these facilities and I had hoped to get some insight into life there The characters are enjoyable well, most of them not Kendra or the heart surgeon , and McCorkle does a nice job of giving the elderly folks full, well rounded lives and characters and of mostly avoiding stereotypes [...]

    24. Chance Lee on said:

      This is a disappointing book, one with than a few very nice passages that add up to nothing, like a dance troupe full of brilliant dancers but an incompetent choreographer renders them clumsy oafs Most of the characters and there are way too many of them , are well rounded and interesting We have a hospice worker, many residents of a nursing home, a twelve year old girl, her awful mother, and a cosmetician who works at the nursing home The nursing home residents are the most interesting, like T [...]

    25. Chaitra on said:

      No Just no This is a mellow, slow burning character study, whose ending has no business being in it The setting of the old age home, the little chapters of the main actors of this story whose prime has already passed, it s all very beautifully written It was truly wonderful, dense than slow, with characters the reader is compelled to care about Gutsy Rachel Silverman with the memories of a past affair, Sadie the graceful and kind third grade teacher, Abby the little kid from next door whose own [...]

    26. Mimi Meredith on said:

      I finished reading this book while staying in my Dad s retirement community for a week While I don t recommend that environment as it all feels too real , I had often thought there should be a way to collect all the stories represented in communities like Dad s These Residents all come from somewhere else and no one really gets to know one another s storiesl I thought McCorkle did a great job of expressing that and of creating very memorable characters I didn t feel some of the plot twists felt [...]

    27. Jan on said:

      Life After Life takes place in a nursing home in North Carolina and contains the stories of several well developed and quirky characters who either live, work or visit the home A glimpse into the last days of several people will fill you with poignancy, humor, regret and wisdom, each life ending differently and impacting their friends and family in different ways as well.

    28. Mandy on said:

      Awesome characters, good writing, interesting read but the ending took this from a 3 4 star book to a 2 The ending was so out of the blue that it seemed to come from a completely different book and made me really dislike the book Barring the last chapter, totally worth reading.

    29. Lisa on said:

      I wish I could rate this higher, and I would for 3 4 of the book Love her writing, great characters But the whole thing seems to speed way up at the end, everything happens too fast and seems out of context, and many of the plot elements just don t seem to add up.

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