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How not to die alone

by Roper, Richard,

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Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, How Not to Die Alone is the bighearted debut novel we all need, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine , it's a story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose.

"Wryly funny and quirkily charming."--Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters

Sometimes you need to risk find your something.

Andrew's been feeling stuck.

For years he's worked a thankless public health job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that's what his coworkers believe.

Then he meets Peggy.

A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie and his lonely apartment. When new employee Peggy breezes into the office like a breath of fresh air, she makes Andrew feel truly alive for the first time in decades.

Could there be more to life than this?

But telling Peggy the truth could mean losing everything. For twenty years, Andrew has worked to keep his heart safe, forgetting one important thing: how to live. Maybe it's time for him to start.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Roper's debut is a tragic, sweet, and hopeful novel. Andrew has worked in public health for five years, helping to settle the affairs of those who have died alone. He's a little lonely, but he's got his Ella Fitzgerald records and his prized model trains, and that's all he needs in the world. But when Andrew finds himself smitten with his new colleague, Peggy, he starts to wonder if there's a way to change his life. Before he can do that, though, he'll have to come clean with his coworkers, who think he has a wife and family at home. While this novel will appeal to fans of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (2017), Andrew himself is not a quirky protagonist his appeal comes from his sharp wit and repartee with Peggy. Readers won't feel sorry for him, but will root for him, wanting him to fully blossom into the connected, charming person he truly is. This is a story of healing, with a lot of humor along the way.--Cari Dubiel Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Roper's delightful debut is as funny as it is touching. Andrew is a 42-year-old single man whose life became complicated by an accidental lie about having a wife and children, told while interviewing for a job. After he's hired, the lie mushrooms, but he can't find a way to fix it during the following five years at the U.K.'s Death Administration Council, where his responsibilities include inspecting the homes of people who have died alone, and arranging their funerals. Not only do Andrew's annoying boss and two irritating coworkers ask casual, typical questions about his family, it's also decided that there will be dinners sponsored by each employee in his or her home. The plot becomes even more complicated for Andrew when he is put in charge of showing the ropes to a new employee, Peggy, a woman he's attracted to but who is married and has two daughters. As he grows closer to Peggy, Andrew's social awkwardness adds to his problems: he once finds himself so filled with trepidation about a planned encounter that he spontaneously apologizes after hearing a coworker sneeze. This story of a neurotic, tenderhearted man struggling to learn how not to be alone is irresistible. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Loneliness -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
Romance fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group2019.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780525539902
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