So Much for That
Publication Date: March 2010
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Shep Knacker has long saved for The Afterlife: an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with talking, thinking, seeing, and being and enough sleep. When he sells his business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it s never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he s leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her.
Just returned from a doctor s appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can t go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep s nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain.
"So Much for That" follows the profound transformation of a marriage, and Shriver delivers a compelling novel that presses the question: how much is one life worth?
So Much For That, Lionel Shriver's new novel, is about a middle-aged man forced to give up his dream of retirement on a tropical island when his wife falls ill and he's forced to go back to work to keep his employee health insurance. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the novel "acknowledge[s] the dramatic depth that fiction can bring to the debate over current events." More at NPR.org
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