Título: So Much for That
Editorial: HarperCollins Publishers
Año de publicación: 2010
Condición del libro: Good
Shep Knacker discovered long ago that the same money that lasts one year in Westchester lasts ten in the Developing World. That lesson has guided him towards fulfilling the dream he calls “The Afterlife.” Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with days of “talking, thinking, seeing and being” and enough sleep. When he sells the home-repair business he built from scratch for a cool $1 million, his dream finally seems within reach.
Yet instead of The Afterlife, Shep is stuck in the present one, thanks to the footdragging of his wife, Glynis. With no exit date in sight, the 48-year-old Shep reluctantly returns as an employee to the company he founded. Angry and humiliated, he gives Glynis an ultimatum: he’s leaving for Tanzania, with or without her.
Glynis, too, has news: she has cancer. Shep cannot abandon her now; in addition to his love and support, she needs his health insurance. But this “health insurance
company from hell” only partially covers the staggering bills, and suddenly this once well-off family is hurtling toward bankruptcy.
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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