The Next (Hardcover)
St. Martin's Press, 9781250110565, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
November 2016 Indie Next List
— Hillary Nelson, Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
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One of Library Journal's "Best Books of 2016"
A Best 35 Over 35 Pick
Blogcritics Best Fiction of the Year
"A novel so startlingly original and so unafraid to approach complicated, bald emotion and anger." --The Brooklyn Rail
"A very cunning variation on the revenge fable." --The New York Times Book Review
"The lusty, livid Joanna is the hottest middle-aged/dead woman in fiction." --The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She's consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She's every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge ... except she's out of time.
Joanna falls from her life, from the love of her daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can't escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right--makes Ned pay--so she can truly move on.
From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.