The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce

The Afterlives

A love story that asks: what happens after we die? The debut novel from National Book Award 5 Under 35 Winner and author of the “ridiculously good” (New York Times) collection Hall of Small Mammals.Jim Byrd died. Technically. For a few minutes. The diagnosis: heart attack at age thirty. Revived with no memory of any tunnels, lights, or angels, Jim wonders what—if anything—awaits us on the other side.Then a ghost shows up. Maybe. Jim and h...

Details The Afterlives

TitleThe Afterlives
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFiction, Adult Fiction

Reviews The Afterlives

  • Uriel Perez
    A tender and often comical telling of one man's quest to discover the existence and depths of the afterlife — a journey that takes Jim Byrd to New Age churches, into an investigation of a haunted staircase, and in pursuit of a physicist who may or may not have constructed a machine with the ability to bring us in contact with the deceased. Thomas Pierce's first novel is layered with heart, humor and tremendous revelations concerning our technol...
  • Myles
    Jim Byrd died of heart failure. He was revived in time and being a young man suffered no lasting damage. After the installation of a new device to monitor his heart he makes a full recovery. What gnaws at him is the fact that he has no memories of his experience. He saw no light at the end of the tunnel and he realizes he needs to know what, if anything, happens after death. Following a whim he comes into contact with a haunted house and, coincid...
  • Art
    I work in an independent book shop and we have countless ARCs at our disposal. I'm always looking for an interesting read by an author I have never heard of. I found a little gem in this one. This is a quiet, but very engaging, story with likable and believable characters. There is also a ghost story within the story that stands on its own. After a near death experience, the main character becomes obsessed with the afterlife and what it may hold ...
  • Abby
    Thomas Pierce brings all the components of a good story to the table: humor, empathy, and ingenuity. I lapped up this creative and touching novel, flying through it as I was flying home over the Pacific Ocean. Jim and Annie build a life together and wander through a future that does not feel too far away from us now. I'll be thinking about them and the elements of their story for days and weeks to come. The future of American fiction, honestly, f...
  • Tyler Goodson
    Jim's new life begins when he almost dies, a life in which he finds love, hears a ghost, meets a psychic, and tries to find out what happens after we die. His journey leads him through life, death, and in between, but for Jim, the questions keep coming. What does it mean to lose? Or to move on after loss? Pierce has written a brilliantly imaginative and beautiful novel about the big, impossible questions, fear of the unknown, and the people who k...
  • Cristine Mcguire
    great read, i have been waiting a long time to come across a book like this, that has captived me, and made me get pulled into their world and felt what the characters felt.
  • Melissa Rochelle
    This novel defies description. It's a ghost story. It's futuristic. It's a love story. It's science fiction. It’s a mix of all of that and somehow comes together into a cohesive story that I really enjoyed.
  • Andrienne
    Holograms, marriage, ghosts and death figure prominently in this well-thought of story. Great flow of writing and feels a bit literary sci-fi to me. Fans of All Our Wrong Today's by Mastai will find lots to like here.Review copy provided by the publisher
  • MollyK
    Goodreads winner *** Uncorrected ARCSo, I love a good mash up in a novel. I have won and read 3 phenomenal ones this year. I have been thinking of them as my 2017 Ghost Story Tryptic. The first was The Next by Stephanie Gangi. Then A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow. Now I have The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce.It’s so fun to win books from author’s you never heard of and delve into a story with little or no expectation. But for a w...
  • Amy
    I won this Advanced Readers Copy from Riverhead Books on Goodreads.There's just something about this book. I LOVED it. I feel like I devoured the book - only took me a few days to read.I have to say - If I saw this book on the shelf - I probably wouldn't of picked it up. I'm not crazy about the cover. But - I'm glad I read the synopsis and put my name in the giveaway - because I really enjoyed it.It's not like any book I've ever read - it's sort ...