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Author: Lionel Shriver Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781423361039
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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 business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis 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.

So Much for That follows the profound transformation of a marriage, and Shriver delivers a compelling novel that presses the question: how much is one life worth?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harrowing yet riveting…Wisely, Shriver doesn’t make her characters all saints…[They] come alive with visceral abandon…Clever, convincing...stubbornly real—and chillingly personal.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Brave, bold…Brilliantly funny and a superb plotter, Shriver is a master of the misanthrope…[A] viciously smart writer.”

  • “[An] immaculate, hilarious, and authentically dark new novel…A cast of characters as absurd and entertaining as they are real.”


  • “Shriver writes in precise, dynamic prose…If anyone’s going to perk up the often-limp niceness of the women’s novel, it’s Shriver, who has no use for earth mothers or noble victims…The climax offers more fun, vengeful satisfaction, and pure tenderness than any treatise on the future of healthcare.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A delicious novel…So Much for That, Lionel Shriver’s improbably feel-good, black comedy, is the rare book that can make suicide, near-bankruptcy, and terminal cancer so engaging you can’t wait to turn the page…Provocative, entertaining—and so very timely.”

    USA Today

  • “A visceral and deeply affecting story, a story about how illness affects people’s relationships, and how their efforts to grapple with mortality reshape the arcs of their lives…[Shriver’s] understanding of her people is so intimate, so unsentimental…it lofts these characters permanently into the reader’s imagination.”

    New York Times

  • “The rare novel that will shake and change you. With these wholly realistic and sympathetic characters, [Shriver] makes us consider the most existential questions of our lives and the dreadful calculus of modern health care in this country…It’s a bitter pill, indeed, but take it if you can.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A Indie Next Notable Title, March 2010
  • A 2010 National Book Award Finalist

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About the Author

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose 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, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.