How Not to Die Alone

How Not to Die Alone

eBook - 2019
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Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, How Not to Die Alone is the bighearted debut novel we all need, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine , it's a story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose.

"Off-beat and winning...Gives resiliency and the triumph of the human spirit a good name." -- The Wall Street Journal

All Andrew wants is to be normal. That's why his coworkers believe he has the perfect wife and two children waiting at home for him after a long day. But the truth is, his life isn't exactly as people think . . . and his little white lie is about to catch up with him. Because in all of Andrew's efforts to fit in, he's forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it's finally time for him to start.

"Roper illuminates Andrew's interior life to reveal not what an odd duck he is, but what odd ducks we all are." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780525539902
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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NB_Books
Apr 04, 2020

Everything towards the end was pretty meh, but I thought the writing and dialogue was genuinely pretty funny.

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JeanieG
Jan 26, 2020

I waited and waited for my turn to read this. Lots of people had requested it. Took about 10 weeks. I was expecting something so much better. It seemed padded with writing that was unnecessary and predictable. It was an OK story - and I suppose the author was trying to create surprises. But it was way too melodramatic for me.

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marylferg
Jan 07, 2020

Love love love this book! I didn't expect to love it so much given the premise but the characters are likeable and seem real, I couldn't put it down and definitely stayed up long past my bedtime reading this. It's quite easy reading and the main character's job is kind of fascinating too. I liked reading about his workplace dynamics, a bit reminiscent of the office in some ways. One of the rare books I was sad to finish yet eagerly reading huge chunks at a time.

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tegan
Dec 29, 2019

Not too sad. Quirky main character. Reminded me a bit of A Man Called Ove or The Rosie Project.

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Inner_Typewriter
Oct 11, 2019

This is a real heart warming, funny first novel. A real gem. I loved it.

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ISBNreading
Oct 10, 2019

A heartwarmingly funny look at overcoming grief and the universal need to love and be loved.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 08, 2019

So very funny, and also touching at times. This is a book somewhat similar in theme to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is one I've recommended many times to friends, but in this case the main character is male, albeit equally hilarious in his reactions and equally susceptible and unable to deal with normal life as Eleanor was. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and hope the author comes up with more.

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midori_hon
Sep 30, 2019

this story has a vibe similar to eleanor oliphant is completely fine or educating rita. I almost DNF but it had its charming/quirky moments

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krisk03
Sep 30, 2019

This book begins with a dark premise -- a man who makes arrangements for people who die alone -- and a protagonist who is deeply troubled. The author made me really feel the pain of his daily existence, but deftly led the character through a realistic reawakening and healing. The story is funny and entertaining while examining some pretty existential questions. I loved it.

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KlayDyer
Sep 14, 2019

A great premise (who does look after people who die alone?), exceptionally well written, and without the maudlin or overly romantic/optimistic overtones that dull the sharp edges.

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Sep 14, 2019

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