- The idea of escaping to another life is not a foreign one to me – sometimes, I just wish I could.
Summary from GoodReads:
Happily married and pregnant, Quinn Braverman has an ominous secret. Every time she makes a major life decision, she knows an alternate reality exists in which she made the opposite choice-not only that, she knows how to cross over. But even in her darkest moments-like her mother’s suicide-Quinn hasn’t been tempted to slip through…until she receives devastating news about the baby she’s carrying.
The grief lures her to peek across the portal, and before she knows it she’s in the midst of the other life: the life in which she married another man, and is childless. The life in which her mother is still very much alive.
Quinn is forced to make a heartbreaking choice. Will she stay with the family she loves and her severely disabled child? Or will an easier life-and the primal need to be with her mother-win out?
I devoured this book. I mean, I’ve been on a bit of a reading diet lately due to school and other real life nonsense but this book… this book refused to let me out of its grip.
It wasn’t that it was necessarily a very different story, or unique, or strange – it was just that it was a very compelling story. A story that dealt with life and death, with decisions, with family relationships and choices that may not always be the easiest ones to live with.
Quinn is faced with a decision – the decision to live one very hard life or choose a life that, although it contains its own problems (nothing is perfect), would ultimately be an easier one for her – one where she’d be the one taken care of rather then the one facing a lifetime of care. Which does she choose? That’s for the story to tell.
I never once felt this story drag, and had it been written less beautifully I think it might have. There’s not a lot of action, not a lot of much that actually happens on a day to day basis, but the internal struggles of the characters and the decisions being laid out before the reader are enough to keep the momentum going.
The Other Life will make a fantastic book club read and will be on my mind quite a bit in the upcoming days. And of course, I’m very grateful to it for getting me back into the “reading groove”.
About the Author
Ellen Meister is the author of three novels, THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam, 2/11), THE SMART ONE (Avon A, 8/08) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA (Morrow/Avon, 8/06), as well as numerous short stories. In addition to writing, she served as editor for a literary magazine, runs an online mentoring group for women authors, and curates for DimeStories, a literary radio program. Ellen does public speaking about her books and other writing-related issues. She is working on her fourth novel, FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER.
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