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In Meister�s inventive novel, Quinn Braverman is happily living in a Long Island suburb with her beloved husband, Lewis, and their son, Isaac. But in Quinn�s basement is a portal to another life, a life in which Quinn didn�t choose stable Lewis over her shock-jock boyfriend, Eugene. Quinn avoids the lure of the portal for years, until she becomes pregnant with her second child and learns that the child might be seriously disabled. Quinn escapes through the portal one day, only to find that her mother, Nan, who committed suicide soon after Quinn married Lewis, is alive and well in this other reality. Though Quinn can�t fathom leaving her husband and child permanently, the pressure of her complicated pregnancy and the desire to find out why her mother killed herself drive her to keep returning to her other life, even though the portal keeps shrinking every time Quinn uses it. The innovative premise and Quinn�s desire to understand her mother will resonate with readers. --Kristine Huntley
"Gripping! A truly fascinating story of love, loss, and a magical place in between."
– Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Hope In A Jar
"The Other Life is a provocative and unique tale of the road not taken. Ellen Meister puts a magical, masterful spin on one of my favorite questions: "What if?" What if you took both roads? You won't want to miss this one!"
– Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon
"Ellen Meister makes a big leap toward the literary in The Other Life, a book where "What if" becomes the most powerful question in the world. This is the thinking woman's beach read, a love story to the modern family, written with a deep and lovely understanding of mothers and daughters and the sacrifices they'll make for each other."
– Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
"Intriguing, stimulating, original, unpredictable, frightening, utterly engaging—The Other Life reminded me why I love to read. Ellen Meister is a writer with a limitless future."
– Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Opinion and The Last Surgeon
"In her riveting breakthrough novel, The Other Life, gifted storyteller Ellen Meister doesn't just peek in on a young mother who straddles between love and doubt, she blows it open with a story of one who straddles two parallel universes, each with its own perilous decisions. It is a brave and honest exploration of the precarious limits of motherhood that will make readers wonder if Meister followed them with a probe and felt their racing hearts and hopes. If you have ever second guessed the biggest decisions of your life (and who hasn't), The Other Life is a captivating homage to the question, does love conquer all?"
– Saralee Rosenberg, author of Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead and Fate and Ms. Fortune
"I loved this emotional powerhouse of a novel that asks a daring "what if…" and manages to be as charming and funny as it is thoughtful and moving. Brava, Ellen Meister!"
– Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and The Secret of Joy
The Other Life has to be one of my classic reads; it would find it's way to the top of any list I can imagine of all the books I have read during the past seventy years and I could... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roland Angell
Very interesting story and concept! Thought it was very unique and it kept my attention throughout!Published 2 months ago by T. Lynn
Thoroughly disliked this book about a woman who couldn't make up mind which life she wanted to live. Totally unbelievable.Published 4 months ago by bearlycarol
I haven't quite finished this book yet but I love the portal concept and how the author makes it feel very real and possible. The characters are also very interesting.Published 4 months ago by Clare Turner
Thirty-four year old, Quinn, housewife and mother, has a secret. She can escape her current life and enter a portal, not to the past or future, but to an alternate life and then... Read morePublished 4 months ago by PostingForNow
HE OTHER LIFE, by Ellen Meister is totally mesmerizing and spellbinding; an exploration of a young woman, a mother--of parallel universes, a crossroad, a pivotal choice, and a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Judith D. Collins