The Afterlife

The Afterlife

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
The author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and The Verificationist presents a series of observations about the state of consciousness as it is altered by memories, fantasies, and alcoholism, in a portrait of the author's family that partially comes to terms with the nature of addiction and the limitations of self-healing. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother's death, Donald Antrim began writing about his family. In pieces that appeared inThe New Yorker and were anthologized in Best American Essays, Antrim explored his intense and complicated relationships with his mother, Louanne, an artist, teacher, and ferociously destabilizing alcoholic; his gentle grandfather, who lived in the mountains of North Carolina and who always hoped to save his daughter from herself; and his father, who married his mother twice.

The Afterlife is an elliptical, sometimes tender, sometimes blackly hilarious portrait of a family--faulty, cracked, enraging--and of a man struggling to learn the nature of his origins.


Holtzbrinck

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother's death, Donald Antrim began writing about his family. In pieces that appeared in The New Yorker and were anthologized in Best American Essays, Antrim explored his intense and complicated relationships with his mother, Louanne, an artist, teacher, and ferociously destabilizing alcoholic; his gentle grandfather, who lived in the mountains of North Carolina and who always hoped to save his daughter from herself; and his father, who married his mother twice.

The Afterlife is an elliptical, sometimes tender, sometimes blackly hilarious portrait of a family--faulty, cracked, enraging--and of a man struggling to learn the nature of his origins.



Publisher: New York : Picador, 2007,c2006
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312426354
0312426356
Branch Call Number: 92 An89a 2007
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 21 cm

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smg7 Mar 17, 2015

I also found this to be beautifully written, and also compelling. Read very quickly. I now have a plan to read more Donald Antrim.

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francescabenson
Sep 30, 2014

This beautifully written, poignant and painful book haunts the reader. No wonder Donald Antrim was awarded a MacArthur genius grant in 2013!

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reedstevens
Mar 25, 2011

Until I read most of Antrim's sour memoir of his hapless mother, I thought only women bitched about lousy parents.

She was sure awful but who cares?

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