How Not to Die Alone

How Not to Die Alone

Book - 2019
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For years Andrew has 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 co-workers believe. Then he meets Peggy. A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie. 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. 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780525539889
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jun 14, 2019

A quirky read addressing loneliness. Ironically, Andrew finds himself in the same predicament as the people he serves, but overcomes his fears by reaching out to his online chat buddies and grieving the loss of his first love. My favorite line in the book "feel for the briefest flicker of time that they mattered to someone."

PimaLib_JenM Jun 07, 2019

Despite the title having "die" in it, I was expecting this to be a complete romcom, but it has a deeper side to it that I liked. It wrapped up a little too tidily for my taste, though. I recommend it because it was interesting to read about the white lie and how it balloons out of control, how the characters create connections with each other, and to see how the lie and the true reason behind it has affected the main character's life, mental health, and sense of being.

May 20, 2019

Definitely life-affirming, but also annoying at times. Andrew's job is a constant reminder of the perils that come with life and relationships. He does home inspections after someone dies alone to find a person to receive the death notification and also look for stashes of cash that might be needed to reimburse for burial. Meanwhile Andrew has allowed a white lie to build into an imaginary life and feels trapped. When Peggy comes along, he is spurred into action -- often impulsive and ill-advised. I do wish we could have the burgeoning relationship be free of attachment on Peggy's side. It is such bad form to meet a coworker for meals outside of work! The last 25% of the book was quite good and saved it from falling below three stars.

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