Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday: So Much For That

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

So Much For That by Lionel Shriver
Harper Collins, March 9

From the publisher:

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?

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


  1. looks like a good pick; here is mine:

  2. I was lucky enough to get a copy from the publisher. I've read about half of it so far and I'm afraid to say that it is quite disappointing. No where close to Kevin. Hopefully it will pick up in the last half.

  3. I am waiting fir this one too. In the meantime I am reading Double Fault by the same author.

  4. I have a feeling that book will be big!

  5. Wow!! Great pick! I hadn't heard of it before, but it sounds so interesting!!

  6. I am reading this article second time today, you have to be more careful with content leakers. If I will fount it again I will send you a link

  7. I loved Shriver's "The Post-Birthday World" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" ... she sure doesn't write the same book twice. This sounds interesting ... and unlike anything else she's done. Now I'm waiting for it too!

  8. I spotlighted this same book in my WoW post this week. I haven't read anything by Shriver yet but this one really caught my eye!