Brother Stephen dies suddenly. That s when matters get more complicated. Is Stephen's death his wake-up call? That s a possibility that slowly dawns on him. Soon he is behind the wheel of a Prius, driving through his afterlife, listening to himself being interviewed on NPR. His afterlife feels a lot like high school, he tells Terry, and she questions him about those lawsuits filed by students who claimed to have been molested by pedophile Brothers. As an administrator of his Roman Catholic religious order, he was caught in the middle of these heartbreaking cases. In fact, the lawsuit he was dealing with the moment he died is one that strikes especially close to his heart. He once knew the plaintiff. He once knew her very well. He also knew very well the Brother who is named in the lawsuit. Now that he is dead, Brother Stephen is more determined than ever to get to the truth. He spends his afterlife solving a terrible mystery or two about the survivor and about the accused. The biggest mystery he faces, however, is the one about himself.
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Joseph Di Prisco lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, photographer Patricia James. He published two previous novels and two books of poems, and his poetry has won several prizes. He is co-author of two books on adolescent and child development. His book reviews, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous periodicals. Joseph was born in Brooklyn, but it didn't stick. When he was ten, his family skipped town (the FBI was the inspiration), a story treated in his forthcoming memoir The Subway to California.Review:
Though Di Prisco takes a heartbreaking look at the scars left by pedophilia, and some readers will surely feel anger at the sins, the tale unfolds, bravely, with much humor thanks to Brother Stephen's bemused narration. --Publishers Weekly
What makes Joseph Di Prisco's novel work is its narrative voice --- poignant, rueful, and wise-crackingly sardonic. This voice belongs to a just-deceased Catholic Brother, lingering in the afterlife to sort out his life's meanings and errors, confronting friends and enemies. This is a novel about posthumous discoveries, reunions and revenge. Readers of J.F. Powers' Morte d'Urban and Alice McDermott's Charming Billy should find their way to All For Now. --P.F. Kluge author of Eddie and the Cruisers
What will the afterlife be like? If we're lucky, it would be something like the humorous and humane version Joseph Di Prisco imagines in All for Now, a smart, sparkling tale about faith, religion and devotion under less than ideal circumstances -- that is, the average existence. --Oscar Villalon, managing editor Zyzzyva
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