Camille Pagán Life and Other Near-Death Experiences


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Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her. With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer? From critically acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.
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    Life and Other Near-Death Experiences


    22. November 2015 um 14:18

    When Libby Miller is diagnosed with cancer and returns home to be comforted by her husband, he himself drops a bomb: he actually is gay. Confused by this news, she throws him out and decides spontaneously to end the life she led until that day. She quits her job, arranges to sell the apartment and leaves Chicago for Puerto Rico where she hopes to find some relief. Although she had decided to give up life and enjoy the last months which remain, she has to learn that there are people who care about her and want her to fight for her life. It is rare to find a book in which the main character suffers from a deadly illness and yet narrates in such a laughable way. Camille Pagan’s style of writing is the perfect balance between hilarious and serious. Neither does she take the diagnosis easy not does the make you feel depressed as a reader. I can imagine that being in this situation makes you in one second laugh out loud and cry in the next and after all, you are alone in you struggle with the illness and the question how to react to it. The author does not provide an answers, it is not a book to motivate you to fight because this is the only good thing to do. There are reasons underneath which could also lead to a completely different decision. All in all, albeit the very serious topic a very humorous and entertaining story to read.

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