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LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES starts with a double whammy of problems for Libby; we are right at the first paragraphs when the Doctor uses the word malignant and cancer right together and Libby retreats into the Kubler-Ross steps of death defying stages in her mind. If this were not enough Libby goes home to tell her husband, Tom, and he guesses she has “found out” his problem and blurts out that he is GAY never hearing her tough news.  Libby quietly packs a suitcase for her partner and sends him away, she curls up to think about her mother’s death, when she was 9 from cancer; then begins sorting what she will do next.

The story is a full gambit of emotions and we should not leave out humor at all.  Libby is very clever and sarcastic and decides not to treat her cancerous growth and begins planning for her death.  Right away she decides to quit her job and to tell her twin brother Paul and her father about Tom’s reveal not about the cancer.  Libby also wants to do something that will make a difference such as starting a foundation and leaving her money there; after all she has been supporting her husband and purchased their condo while he was in school, getting his degree and a job.  A month long vacation sounds like just the thing to give her space to find acceptance and determine how to proceed.  Puerto Rico becomes her destination, which adds another near death experience or two to her life.

The book is cleverly written and of course, full of communication glitches and bad thinking which actually turn out all right in the end.  There is a great deal of thinking about her mother’s death and how that affected her life and her future decisions.  Because she was deciding not to get treatment, she waited a long time to tell her family but then there are pesky folks on the island and beach, who are antagonistic to her decision.  Throw into the mix a little love story and self-awareness emerges, which opens up new possibilities and lets her know Tom truly is gay.

LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES was sent to me by TLC Book Tours http://tlcbooktours.com/2015/09/camille-pagan-author-of-life-and-other-near-death-experiences-on-tour-november-2015/ for review and I appreciated the interesting read.  I think you will also.

About the author (from TLC page)

Camille Pagán’s work has appeared in dozens of publications and on websites including Forbes, Glamour, Men’s Health, Parade, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, WebMD.com, and Women’s Health. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

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6 Responses to “LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES: A Novel ~Camille Pagán”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — The title alone captured my attention and baited the hook; your wonderful review did the rest by pulling me in hook, line, and sinker!

    Patricia Reply:

    The book is an interesting and refreshing read. I liked it very much
    Looks like you will put it on your list too!

    Sorry I am so slow and responding, but my laptop gave up on my trip and I only had my phone to work with and that was hard to do
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  2. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I know that I’ve certainly been tempted to run away from life a few times … I could never do it but I think I’d enjoy reading about someone who did just that.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    Very good read Heather J and I would recommend it

  3. Sam Juliano Says:

    Yes, in life we do have such occurrences. Some liken these to coincidence or just inevitable happenings, but others of course will attribute a spiritual involvement. Either way readings on such subjects are fascinating, and I’d definitely take to this book. As always you written with great passion here Patricia!

    Patricia Reply:

    I very much enjoyed this book and how the heroine resolved her situation and used her good thinking – she did create some of the problems by her silence – then again she became open to new solutions after the shock wore off…

    I enjoyed this read very much. Thank you for the shout out and your as always kind words.
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