Book Review for HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE by Richard Roper
HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE by Richard Roper
G.P. Putnam's Sons
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A quirky and darkly honest story about how lonely life can be, but also how to open yourself up to new opportunities.
On the surface, I thought that HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE seemed like a depressing and grim read. However, what I got was something that made me laugh, contemplate human nature, and show the value in opening up your heart to others. Roper beautifully tells the story of one man’s journey into becoming less alone.
Here is the thing. This book is unique and unconventional in its plot. When I started it, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to finish reading, but then Andrew grabbed me. I was compelled to keep reading. My developing fascination with the story is a true testament to the writing style of the author. The narrative was rigid at times, but it also flowed effortlessly. Personally, I think this combination works so well because who Andrew and Peggy are as characters.
All in all, this was a witty and smart debut novel. The author captures humanity and the end of life with candor and reverence. If you are looking for a book with a bit of bleak humor and heart, this is the one for you.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes you need to risk everything...to 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.
About the Author: Richard Roper is a nonfiction editor at Headline, where he works with authors such as James Acaster, Joel Dommett, Andrew O'Neill, and Frank Turner. How Not to Die Alone is inspired by an article he read about people whose job it is to follow up after people die alone. It is his debut novel.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 28, 2019)
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