Preparation For The Next Life

Preparation For The Next Life

by Atticus Lish

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Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.

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ISBN-13: 9780991360826
Publisher: Tyrant Books
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 359,408
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Atticus Lish: Atticus Lish lives in New York.

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Preparation For the Next Life 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
somersreader More than 1 year ago
Can't take it. Anymore. Stopped at 55. Brain drained. Craving complete sentence. Misled by NYT. Good luck Atticus. Later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young illegal woman who works her heart out for very little pay or appreciation meets once normal ex GI now suffering from PTSD on steroids after three tours in Iraq. Given half a chance they could possibly have had a little happiness in their grim lives, but of course they never are given that chance. Brutally realistic, undoubtedly on point but not a book to read if you having a blue day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not go on. I never got a sense of where this was going. To me it was relentless suffering. No redemption, no character I knew enough to care about
DEE37VM More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember reading a more disturbing book. I bought it on impulse because unfortunately all I read were the AWARDS list...a big winner of 2014 from many reliable sources..sited on the front cover. I thought it might be interesting to read a new writer's approach to "The finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade." that description by the The New York Times. I guess you could say they got it right, it was totally unsentimental, not sure about the finest part. Think the author got carried away describing everything he wanted us to visualize in any setting the characters were in. It was a dedicated attempt to have the reader move right into the setting and experience the grief as it played out. If that is the new wave of writing....guess I will be reading less of this style. I was depressed most of the time, but did find curious enough to the end. To be honest, it took me over a month to finish, and that probably is because i have an insane habit of finishing books I start..I will be more careful in the future. This book takes much more out of you than it gives back. I was glad the agony was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An author reccomended this book to me, partly because he is an author (Robert Muldoon: Brass Bonanza Plays Again, a similar fictional story but of an attempted effort to give Hartford Connecticut back a hockey team after it left), and the fact that there are elements of the story that I am living right now! I'm a Veit Nam vet and I am parading around Flushing NY with a Chinese immigrant woman who has been here not 3 years!! I have the book on my phone via Nook, and the streets named, the masses of Chinese people in all various forms of human content, the parks named, the disrepair of things, loud planes defeaning you right overhead, and the scraping out a life away from that corrupted country of China! I see a lot of it, and the books mentioning of these places and disheveled human circumstance, makes reading it surreal! But! The flow of the story, gets convoluted and I, at times could not tell who or what I was reading about! So, I skimmed over much of this in depth descriptions, that lent little to the plot! Maybe, if I read it again, I may get more out of it, and I'd like to find it in Mandarin, so my Chinese love interest, that lives in Flushing, could share in some of the story! I live near Boston! I have to go to Flushing NY to find a girlfriend, similar to Skinner, but I'm not a 3 time Iraq warrior with such s delusional view of a life in America after donating his rational existence to ensure that life in America can proceed? Please! Don't insult my intelligence! The book should talk about how impossible it is to have a successful relationship with Americanized women, and how these immigrants are so available to reasonable men, that don't want to put up with the crap of American dream crapola! I'd prefer the title of this book to be "Preparation for the REST of life", but that is wishful thinking, I know! I cannot recommend this book unless your reading this review and it resonates with you! And when in Flushing, be polite to the vendors! Not many people are, and the Chinese women will look at my girl friend, with a tall American man and smile at me! Yet in Boston the American women look at us and frown! Go figure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago