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So Much for That

Shriver, Lionel

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ISBN 10: 0061458589 / ISBN 13: 9780061458583
Published by Harpercollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2010
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This is a fine, as new, hardcover first edition, first printing copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ, bluish spine. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Cameron, Happy Birthday!, Lionel Shriver.". Bookseller Inventory # 051516

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Title: So Much for That

Publisher: Harpercollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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“Shriver has a gift for creating real and complicated characters... A highly engrossing novel.” — San Francisco Chronicle

From New York Times bestselling author Lionel Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin), comes a searing, deeply humane novel about a crumbling marriage resurrected in the face of illness, and a family’s struggle to come to terms with disease, dying, and the obscene cost of medical care in modern America.

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From the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World comes a searing, ruthlessly honest new novel about a marriage both stressed and strengthened by the demands of serious illness.

Shep Knacker has long saved for "The Afterlife": an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with "talking, thinking, seeing, and being"—and enough sleep. When he sells his home repair business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet Glynis, his wife of twenty-six years, has concocted endless excuses why it's never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he's leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her.

Just returned from a doctor's appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can't go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep's nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain.

Enriched with three medical subplots that also explore the human costs of American health care, So Much for That follows the profound transformation of a marriage, for which grave illness proves an unexpected opportunity for tenderness, renewed intimacy, and dry humor. In defiance of her dark subject matter, Shriver writes a page-turner that presses the question: How much is one life worth?

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