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The Next

By: Stephanie Gangi

Publisher: Macmillan Trade

Imprint: St. Martin's Press

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250110565

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On Sale: | Pages: 320

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One of Library Journal's "Best Books of 2016"A Best 35 Over 35 PickBlogcritics Best Fiction of the Year"A novel so startlingly original and so unafraid to approach complicated, bald emotion and anger." --The Brooklyn Rail"A very cunning variation on the revenge fable." --The New York Times Book Review"The lusty, livid Joanna is the hottest middle-aged/dead woman in fiction." --The Minneapolis Star Tribune Joanna DeAngelis may be gone from this life, but she has a score to settle before she can move on to the next.Abandoned by Ned McGowan, her younger lover, and obsessed with his betrayal, Joanna falls into a dark afterlife, only to rise up as a restless, vengeful spirit. Anna and Elena, her loving daughters, grapple with grief. Her faithful dog, Tom, watches and waits. But Joanna has only one thing on her agenda: revenge. She streaks through contemporary Manhattan, chasing Ned down, determined to hold him accountable for leaving her alone in her darkest hour.Along the way, Joanna revisits the beautiful life she once had, the choices she made and the consequences she suffered. She is transported by memory into desire and even deeper, into her very soul, where she searches for what's been lost ... and finds what is eternal. At the end of her journey, none of them - Jo's daughters, her dog, Ned and the ghost Joanna - will ever be the same.Fierce and funny, dark and uplifting, a sexy, lyrical page-turner, Stephanie Gangi's The Next is at its heart, a love story about a ghost who is determined to fix her life, even after she's dead.
Gangi's antic imagination and exuberant prose make this story swoop and soar, but it is her characters who give it staying power. The lusty, livid Joanna is the hottest middle-aged/dead woman in fiction in quite some time. The cheaters in the book — not just the bad boyfriend but one of Joanna's own daughters — are portrayed with depth and insight. On the other hand, the celebrity dermatologist whom Joanna is left for and the relationship Ned has with her are not very believable. Texts from the dead, OK. Fake, Hollywoodish characters and situations, not OK. This book makes, and breaks, its own rules, but never has less than a good time doing so. As will you.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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