Sunday, May 2, 2010

SO MUCH FOR THAT: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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SO MUCH FOR THAT

BY LIONEL SHRIVER

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From New York Times bestselling author Lionel Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin), comes a searing, deeply humane novel about a crumbling marriage resurrected in the face of illness, and a family’s struggle to come to terms with disease, dying, and the obscene cost of medical care in modern America.

From the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World comes a searing, ruthlessly honest new novel about a marriage both stressed and strengthened by the demands of serious illness.

Shep Knacker has long saved for "The Afterlife": an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with "talking, thinking, seeing, and being"—and enough sleep. When he sells his home repair business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet Glynis, his wife of twenty-six years, has concocted endless excuses why it's never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he's leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her.

Just returned from a doctor's appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can't go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep's nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain.

Enriched with three medical subplots that also explore the human costs of American health care, So Much for That follows the profound transformation of a marriage, for which grave illness proves an unexpected opportunity for tenderness, renewed intimacy, and dry humor. In defiance of her dark subject matter, Shriver writes a page-turner that presses the question: How much is one life worth?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose previous books include Orange Prize–winner We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn, NY

REVIEW:


Shepherd Knacker is the kind of character that most people, like myself, can relate to. In SO MUCH FOR THAT by Lionel Shriver, Shep is just the nice kind of guy who works hard and does things the way he is supposed to, paying his bills and even helping out some of his relatives. He cares for his family responsibly and like so many, puts off his own dreams. The handyman business he started became a success and you would think with all things right in the world, he would be happy but his dream was to leave all the crowds, traffic, and noise behind and just be somewhere that he would have time to think and read and live simply on much less money than now. Shepherd calls this dream place “Afterlife” and living this simple life out in a third world country is his goal. He talks of it so often but his wife, Gwynis, never seems to take him seriously and never thinks it is the right time to go. Shep seriously building a small savings-a nest egg, sells his business to one of his employees to further uncomplicate his life in order to be ready to carry out his dream of Afterlife.

When Shepherd finally decides one day that he can’t wait forever, he leaves his job and says he is ready and moving now to a third world country to carry out his dream. He tells Gwynis he is going with or without her. However, ironically, when he tells her, she has just found out the devastating news that she has cancer caused by asbestos and she desperately needs Shep’s health insurance for her care and treatment of what is most likely a death sentence.

As we watch Shepherd’s life savings and dream slowly dwindle away as it is used to help pay for cancer treatments for Gwynis, we see Lionel Shriver taking on our country’s healthcare system. The story deals with the harsh reality of just how much our health insurance really covers in a devastating illness like this and how oncology gives patients treatments that only extend their lives for a few weeks or months while draining a family’s financial resources. Shriver pulls no punches in clearly telling how much isn’t covered even under Medicare. The novel relates just how this can put a strain on the best relationship and in a situation where one of the partners is weaker than the other, it can be overwhelming. Jackson, who is Shepherd’s best friend, plays an important role as the couple’s friendship is involved with the steady decline of health care and Shep’s savings. Jackson and Shep get into some realistic, well-written dialogue about insurance companies, local government, and everything capitalism is involved with.

With real, hard hitting questions of how long does one allow treatment to continue when only buying minimal time, to how do friendships and marital relationships hold up when dealing with death, SO MUCH FOR THAT will hold your attention and push readers to face some reality and perhaps the question of their own mortality. Shriver’s well written characters and convincing dialogue make SO MUCH FOR THAT a relative book to read and surprisingly hold one’s attention and keep the reader turning pages perhaps, I think, in hope of a fairy tale ending as after all, this is fiction, isn’t it?


GIVEAWAY

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133 comments:

Linda Kish said...

We Need to Talk About Kevin sounds interesting

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She likes one of my favorite shows..Desperate Housewives

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enyl said...

I would like to read:Double Fault,We Need To Talk About Kevin,Game Control, and A Pefectly Good Family.
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enyl said...

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enyl said...

I'm amazed that the author admits to being self-righteous.
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I am a gfc follower.
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debbie said...

I would like to read the female of the species.
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By Book or By Crook said...

The book club I'm in read We Need to Talk About Kevin several years ago and we all pretty much hated it. But I would be willing to try another book by this author.

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Margie said...

I'd like to read Female of the Species.
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Margie said...

Her book We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2005.
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Colleen Turner said...

Hi there!
A lot of her books sound really interesting, but I would especially like to read We Need To Talk About Kevin and A Perfectly Good Family.
Thanks,
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I am a Facebook Fan!
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I am a Google Friend Connect follower!
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Colleen Turner said...

I learned from the website that the fictional character she admires the most is Pippi Longstockings! Love it!
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Irene said...

The Female of the Species is a book that is going on my TBR/Wishlist!


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Irene said...

I can't believe she watches Desperate Housewives!!!! But then, so does my sister and my nieces...


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Irene said...

I follow via Google.


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Irene said...

I am an email subscriber.


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Irene said...

I left a message on Facebook, and I am a fan.

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bermudaonion said...

I would love to read We Need to Talk About Kevin. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

bermudaonion said...

I found it interesting that Lionel Shriver loves Pippi Longstocking, because I do too! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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Pamela Keener said...

OMG reading the blurb about We need to talk about Kevin looks like a book I'd love to read.
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Pamela Keener said...

On Her nightstand is an interesting book called As Meat Loves Salt.
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I follow your blog via GFC
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I am via FB (Pam Keener)
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traveler said...

I would like to read We Need to Talk about Kevin. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

She sounds unique and unusual. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Vera said...

"Double Fault" sounds great! vvperesk@gmail.com

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Vera said...

I like how the author says her best habit is running 9 miles every day, and her worst habit is constantly telling people about it! I'm the same way about working out - can't help talking about it!

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Amy said...

I read Lionel Shriver's book "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and it was terrific. I would love to read any of her books but am very interesed in "Double Fault" and "Checker and the Derailleurs" as well as "The Post-Birthday World".

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Amy said...

What interests me most about Lionel Shriver is the variety and breadth of her writing. It's amazing and speaks to how talented she is that not only has she written novels but she's also written essays, op-ed pieces, book reviews, columns etc. and she's written for magazines/papers as varied as the Financial Times and Marie Claire. I also love that she lives in Brooklyn part-time.

Amy said...

I follow your blog via email and Blogger Dashboard! I really enjoy your blog and want to be sure I keep up with you!

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Patty said...

I really want to read this book...I loved her first one...it was amazing...

Elise said...

Id like to read We need to talk about kevin.
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Elise said...

I am an email subscriber.
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Elise said...

I am a follower on GFC
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Elise said...

According to the website The author admires Pippi Longstocking as a fictictional character.
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rubynreba said...

I would like to read A Perfectly Good Family
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rubynreba said...

She runs 9 miles every other day!
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rubynreba said...

I follow on google
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I subscribe by email
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I follow on Facebook
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Glenn said...

I'll be reading "We Need to Talk About Kevin" in a couple months as part of an online book club. Thanks for the giveaway.

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g.g. said...

I would like to read The Post Birthday World

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I am a google friend connect follower

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I subscribe via email

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g.g. said...

I found out she doesn't like oatmeal which I eat most mornings and like

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bison61 said...

I'd also like to read A Perfectly Good Family

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Jolee said...

I'd like to try the Female of the Species. joleehamlin@comcast.net

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Jolee said...

I found out she doesn't like oatmeal. I still like her though. :-) joleehamlin@comcast.net

SueFitz said...

GFC follower

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SueFitz said...

I was surprised that the author was woman - what a great name though. (via her website)

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Christine H said...

I thought I entered this already but I don't see my name in the comments so I'm entering now. Hope it's not twice.

The book I;'d like to read is
We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Christine H said...

I love her Idea about a dream vacation.. I too like time at home with nothing pressing to do, except I'd be reading a book.

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Christine H said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/Romantic73/status/13675779214

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Christine H said...

And I Liked on Facebook

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Christine H said...

I'm a GFC follower
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I'm a email subscriber

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enyl said...

What caught my attention was the fact that you thought that it was not the author's best effort; nevertheless,you thought the book was worthy of readig.
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Margie said...

I am glad I became a BOOKIN' WITH BINGO II FB fan!

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Debbie F said...

I follow on networked blogs!

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I'm a GFC follower!

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Debbie F said...

I would like to read We need to talk About Kevin and A perfectly Good Family. Both sound like good books.

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catss99 said...

the post birthday world looks good--already read "we need to talk about kevin" it has a really good ending
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catss99 said...

i follow w google friends
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catss99 said...

tweet
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catss99 said...

I learned that she is a runner, and that her books have won some really prestigious awards.
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Misusedinnocence said...

I follow on gfc/blogger.

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Misusedinnocence said...

Double Fault sounds great.

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Shannon said...

I follow using google Reader.

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Shannon said...

I would want to read "We Need to Talk About Kevin". tiredwkids at live dot com

Shannon said...

She runs 9 miles a day? No way!!

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Wise Owl, Editor said...

We need to Talk About Kevin would be my next choice.

I am a follower.

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Kristen said...

Wow...I think I pretty much want to read all of them...his stories sound fascinating! I think I'd start with "We Need To Talk About Kevin".

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Kristen said...

I found out the author likes thick wine!

...and sorry for referring to her as "he" in my last comment...I saw the photo and read the info and somehow it just didn't register. Unusual name!

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Beverly said...

I would like to read The Female of the Species

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Beverly said...

I found out that Lionel runs 9 miles every other day on the HarperCollins site - wow

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I follow on google reader

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Benita said...

I'd like to read The female of the Species.

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Follower via GFC.

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Email subscriber.

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Benita said...

I found it interesting that the fictional character she most admires is Pippi Longstocking.

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Cindy W. said...

I would like to read Female of the Species.

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Cindy W. said...

I am an email subscriber.

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Cindy W. said...

I am a GFC follower.

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Cindy W. said...

I see that Mr. Shriver is a runner.

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Cyndi said...

I'd like to read her book Female of the Species.

Cyndi said...

I'm also a fb follower :-)

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I am an email subscriber at jonescyndi@yahoo.com

Shirley said...

I'd like to read We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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Shirley said...

I found this interesting:
The fictional character I most admire is...
Pippi Longstocking.

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Shirley said...

http://twitter.com/Grandmamaof10/status/14169027244

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I FOLLOW ON GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT
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I subscribe to your email

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I liked you on facebook

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I follow you on twitter
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Johnny said...

We need to talk about kevin.
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Johnny said...

Author's least favorite food is oatmeal.
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Arch said...

I would love to win this book. Please enter me in this giveaway. Another book of Lionel Shriver that I would like to read is 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'.

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Arch said...

and I have to agree with Lionel Shriver when she says her least favorite food is Oatmeal!!! Tell me about it... I totally hate it too...!!

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Sarah E said...

Another book by the author I might like to read is A Perfectly Good Family.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah E said...

Something interesting I learned about the author is that she lives in London and Brooklyn.

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Sarah E said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/saemmerson/status/14279845925

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Sarah E said...

I subscribe via e-mail.

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Sarah E said...

I follow via Facebook NetworkedBlogs.

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Sarah E said...

I follow via GFC.

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Nancye said...

I would like to read "A Perfectly Good Family"

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Nancye said...

Something interesting is that Lionel's least favorite food is oatmeal.

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!

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squiresj said...

I don't know which book of his I will want to read next as I have not read any of his books. So I hope I win this one so I can read his book and then get more if I enjoy it.
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