A quirky, darkly funny, and ultimately uplifting story about the messy relationships that make life beautiful. Andrew, our protagonist, has a dark job: he arranges funerals for the deceased with no next of kin. To brighten his solitary life, he has spun white lies to weave a backstory of a "perfect" family life...lies that soon come unraveling when he meets a new co-worker. The poignant moments hit you like a freight train and are made all the more intense by the comic threads throughout. A fast-moving read that reflects on the strangeness of our own human experience.
Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Something to Live For is the bighearted debut novel we all need, 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
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 26 mm