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The Afterlives

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
Jan 09, 2018 | 384 Pages
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“Excellent… The Afterlives is sprinkled with ‘Black Mirror’-style futuristic touches… The Afterlives is as much a dialogue and an attempt at reconciliation between faith and science as it is a contemplation of the opportunities of second chances.” —Salon

“[A] touching, thought-provoking debut novel… Part love story and part speculative sci-fi, it’s a meandering, albeit meaningful, look at marriage, technology and ghosts.” —USA Today

“Quirky, hilarious, and heartrending.” —Marie Claire

“[W]ill both haunt you and make you laugh.” —Garden & Gun

“This tender debut novel from Thomas Pierce explores what awaits us in the afterlife… This thought-provoking debut will make readers think about love, loss, and what happens after we die.” —Real Simple

“A bracingly intelligent, beautifully rendered meditation on ghosts, technology, marriage, and the afterlife. This is a remarkable novel.”
—Emily St. John Mandel

“Inventive, romantic, and unsettling, The Afterlives is a story of two people who take extraordinary measures to answer the Big Questions: What is the soul? Do we ever really die? Flabbergastingly original and sublimely satisfying.”
—Amity Gaige

“Thomas Pierce’s fine new novel is often humorous, but Jim Byrd’s search to find out what might lie beyond this life makes The Afterlives much more: a poignant inquiry into our human desire for permanence.”
—Ron Rash 

“[T]his dazzlingly original novel tackles a timeless question — what happens after we die? A hilarious and resplendent story about metaphysics, technology, love, and of course, the afterlife.” —Chicago Review of Books

“Told with sharp humor and big questions, it will make you laugh while simultaneously urging you think deeply about technology, loss, faith, and life.” —Southern Living

“Pierce’s first novel is a fascinating and beautifully rendered meditation on ghosts, technology, marriage, and the afterlife.” —The Millions 

“[W]eird and charming… The Afterlives feels big and warm and inviting, an intelligent book that also lets itself be goofy, a serious book that doesn’t take life too seriously. After all, none of us are getting out of it alive.” —LitHub

“Pierce has a gift for probing the limits of the psychic realm to uncover the benevolence that manifests from metaphysical insight. Truly remarkable.” —Library Journal (STARRED review)

Praise for Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals

“Ridiculously good… These stories never drift vaguely off into the ether. They are beautifully built, and their author has an especially deft way of finding just the right final flourish…. [There’s a] feeling of being inside a bubble while reading Mr. Pierce, and it is a bubble you won’t want to leave. This is such a fine collection that there’s not a stinker in the bunch…. Mr. Pierce’s originality, inventiveness, questing spiritual intelligence and animal fixation aren’t easy to do justice to in the limited space here. But they’re irrefutably good reasons to discover him for yourself.” The New York Times

“It’s thrilling to find a writer with an imagination as wild and wonderful as Thomas Pierce.” —Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

“It will be tempting, but hard, for readers to choose a favorite among the stories here… Rich and complicated… These stories have that merry, postmodern humor, but also a classical love of real human emotion.” —Rebecca Lee, New York Times Book Review

“A debut collection that reads like the work of a much older, established fiction master. The stories in Pierce’s book explore the ordinary in the otherworldly, the surreal in the mundane, and the results are stunning and unexpected…. Pierce is an endlessly incisive and engaging writer. It’s a book full of wisdom and emotion, with stories that explore what it means to live and die in a world filled with invisible things.” NPR

“Pierce mines the mysterious rift between fantasy and reality with the intricate skill of an archaeologist and the sheer wonder of an imaginative child.” Elle

“Pierce’s stories are beautifully written and suffused with mystery.” Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

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