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Next Life Might Be Kinder

By Howard A Norman

“After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me.”

Sam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. The sparks are immediate, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, erotically charged, and brief.  In Howard Norman’s spellbinding and moving novel, the gleam of the marriage and the circumstances of Elizabeth’s murder are revealed in heart-stopping increments. Sam’s life afterward is complicated. For one thing, in a moment of desperate confusion, he sells his life story to a Norwegian filmmaker named Istvakson, known for the stylized violence of his films, whose artistic drive sets in motion an increasingly intense cat-and-mouse game between the two men. For another, Sam has begun “seeing” Elizabeth—not only seeing but holding conversations with her, almost every evening, and watching her line up books on a small beach. What at first seems simply hallucination born of terrible grief reveals itself, evening by evening, as something else entirely.

Next Life Might Be Kinder is a story of murder, desperate faith, the afterlife, and of love as absolute redemption—from one of our most compelling storytellers at the height of his talents.

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2014

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9780547712123


Format: Book
Author: Norman, Howard A
Title: Next life might be kinder / Howard Norman.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Subject: Widowers -- Fiction. Murder victims -- Fiction. Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction. FICTION / Literary. FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
Isbn: 9780547712123 (hardback) 054771212X (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Norman
Oclc: 854944588
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Bib Id: 518711

Format: Book
Author: Norman, Howard A.
Title: Next life might be kinder / Howard Norman.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Description: 255 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Widowers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Murder victims -- Fiction.
Subjects: Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / Literary.
Subjects: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
LCCN: 2013045635
ISBN: 9780547712123 (hardback)
ISBN: 054771212X (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Norman