So Much for That (Paperback)

By Lionel Shriver

Harper, 9780007271085

Publication Date: March 1, 2011

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“Shep Knacker has been planning for his 'Afterlife' for decades, but life's pesky details always got in the way. Finally, he's ready to take off, even if he has to leave his wife behind. But when she is diagnosed with a deadly illness, Shep finds himself tied yet again to his employer so he can pay the hospital bills. This satisfying novel illustrates the arbitrary nature of the whole medical system -- including the things we bring on ourselves, the things we have no control over, and how we choose to deal with both.”
— Alice Meyer, Beaverdale Books, Des Moines, IA
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March 2010 Indie Next List

“Shep Knacker has been planning for his 'Afterlife' for decades, but life's pesky details always got in the way. Finally, he's ready to take off, even if he has to leave his wife behind. But when she is diagnosed with a deadly illness, Shep finds himself tied yet again to his employer so he can pay the hospital bills. This satisfying novel illustrates the arbitrary nature of the whole medical system -- including the things we bring on ourselves, the things we have no control over, and how we choose to deal with both.”
— Alice Meyer, Beaverdale Books, Des Moines, IA
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Description

From the author of "The Post-Birthday World" comes this deeply resonant novel that looks at America's health care system, and poses the disturbing moral question that affects more people every day: How much is one life worth?
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