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Aftermirth (Kindle Single) by [Jordan, Hillary]
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Length: 45 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 160 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ITV0K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on October 6, 2012
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If you're old enough, you may remember the "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show, where a rogue elephant in a circus parade mistook Chuckles the Clown for a huge peanut and "shelled" him to death. His comrades at the TV station were heartbroken by the tragedy, but also could hardly suppress their laughter. "Aftermirth" dealt with those same mixed emotions that come from bizarre, freakish accidents where people are killed.

In the story, narrator Michael Larssen, whose wife was killed when lightning struck her nickel-titanium underwire bra, withdraws completely from the world. Only when he meets Elena, whose father was killed in a freakish industrial accident, does he begin to live again. On one of the strangest pilgrimages ever, they meet others who have lost loved ones in bizarre accidents, and they learn the startling secret to moving on with their lives.

I enjoyed "Aftermirth" very much. The storyline was quite original, and the characters - even the dead ones - were painted vividly enough to be real people. Kudos to Ms. Jordan for a very intriguing and entertaining story.
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Hillary Jordan demonstrates yet again how little you REALLY know her as a writer...."Aftermirth" is unexpected, irreverent and super-smart, finding both humor and human connection in that most bleak of topics: death. A fantastic and thought-provoking read, by one of the best (and clearly most versatile) literary voices out there!
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This is a very short book about with a lot to say about death, grieving and how we deal with both.And it is dark humor at it's absolute best.I am not generally a fan of dark humor, finding it to be nothing more than an excuse for the macabre with meanness at it's core. But this story takes it somewhere else entirely.
Michael Larssen is widowed, his beloved wife having been electrocuted by her underwire bra. I know,I know,bear with me. A successful comic, he finds he is no longer funny and struggles to make a new life for himself. After two years of being emotionally stuck, he comes across an article about a factory worker who was killed in a most tragic and absurd fashion.
He attempts to pay his respects, but is rebuffed at the funeral home. However he meets Elena, the daughter of the deceased and there is a brief bond.Some months later,she calls him unexpectedly and there commences an odd road trip of healing.
I loved this little book.
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Funny for funny's sake is a big accomplishment in itself, but what Hillary Jordan has done in Aftermirth goes far beyond that: she's written a laugh-up-my-coffee story about death that turns out to be seriously moving in the end. (which surprised me -- I was so distracted by the laughs that I didn't see the emotions coming) This is the best kind of fairy tale, one that's a great ride, unpredictable, and charming. Do I need to mention, again, that it's hilarious? I mean, it starts with an electrocuting bra. Try to top that.
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Alas, the sacrifices that some people make to take their genes out of the human gene pool. "Aftermath" tells the story not only of people who have contributed to their death by their own foolish actions but also of those who have met their ends through bizarre, albeit humorous, circumstances. While the story naturally has a morbid thread, its message goes well beyond death and bereavement. If anything, it shows that death can forge the beginning of new relationships - and, let's face it, that the means to the end can be pretty damn funny.
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Once again Hillary Jordan shows off her dynamic range as an author as she pivots to create a wholly believable, yet farcical, tragic-comedy. Borderline metafiction, this story never lets structure get in the way of poignant truths about death, loss, grief, and recovery. I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshingly honest tall tale.
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Hillary Jordan has a way of taking me on a journey that I don't want to end. In Aftermirth, she brilliantly balances the powerful human insights that come from enduring conspicuous, highly visible loss with a laugh-until-you-cry account of being head-butted to death by a goat. Sheer genius. Thank you!
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Here is where Michael is located, the place at the edge of the map picturing dragons at the end of world. His wife Jess has died by lightening strike to her underwire bra. He is on an unlikely quest to find other people like him, seeking to make sense of a randowm death in their lives.
What I like best about Michael is the way he loves women. His first glance at Jess revealed a "plain faced middle-aged woman wearing an oversized sweater that hung on her like a sack", but she had the laugh of an angel. After she gifted him with it after his comedy routine, he found himself finding her beautiful.
During his quest, he comes to understand that Elena may be the woman for him after she wipes eye crusties off his beloved dog's face without wincing.
The story is wry and funny. The narrator is a comedian. But the author manages to portray the search for meaning as other than "crazy grief stalker." I enjoyed it and was also startled by it after reading the author's other work which is very different. This leaves me to understand she has a versatile talent that I will watch and recommend that you watch also.
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