Aftermirth

Aftermirth I stopped being funny the day my wife was electrocuted by her underwire bra So begins Aftermirth a dark comedy that explores the absurdity of death through the eyes of thirty one year old comedian w

  • Title: Aftermirth
  • Author: Hillary Jordan
  • ISBN: 9781616203030
  • Page: 378
  • Format: ebook
  • I stopped being funny the day my wife was electrocuted by her underwire bra So begins Aftermirth, a dark comedy that explores the absurdity of death through the eyes of thirty one year old comedian, writer, and actor, Michael Larssen What is horribly funny to the rest of the world is devastating to Michael, who loves his wife deeply, especially her bright, rippling, I stopped being funny the day my wife was electrocuted by her underwire bra So begins Aftermirth, a dark comedy that explores the absurdity of death through the eyes of thirty one year old comedian, writer, and actor, Michael Larssen What is horribly funny to the rest of the world is devastating to Michael, who loves his wife deeply, especially her bright, rippling, abandoned laughter, which captivated him from the first time he ever heard it In the aftermath of her death, he loses his sense of humor, and his career along with it.Then, after two years of mourning her, he sees an article in the paper about a factory worker named Julio Santiago who fell into a giant vat of dough and was kneaded to death For reasons Michael doesn t understand, he decides to go to the man s wake There he meets and bonds with Julio s twenty nine year old daughter Elena, a law student who is reeling from her father s unexpected and preposterous death.Three months later, she calls him out of the blue and suggests that the two of them drive to North Carolina to speak with another survivor like themselves Elena has found on the Internet Their road trip is a darkly funny journey of healing that takes them deep into the heart of their grief and others , and then beyond it, to a place of peace and laughter.

    One thought on “Aftermirth”

    1. This is a very short book about with a lot to say about death, grieving and how we deal with both.And it is dark humor at it's absolute best.I am not generally a fan of dark humor, finding it to be nothing more than an excuse for the macabre with meanness at it's core. But this story takes it somewhere else entirely. Michael Larssen is widowed, his beloved wife having been electrocuted by her underwire bra. I know,I know,bear with me. A successful comic, he finds he is no longer funny and strugg [...]

    2. As always, Hillary Jordan's writing brings to life emotions, thoughts, and feelings that you weren't aware existed inside of you. This time she takes on death and sprinkles humor throughout so that you are left feeling comfortable and whole and glad you came along for the ride.Nobody does layers to storytelling as subtly and as well as Ms. Jordan.I wish it was longer.

    3. This is the story of Michael, a comedian, and his utter sense of desolation when his wife dies in a seemingly comedic way when she is electrocuted via the underwiring of her bra. The story then goes on to tell of his journey to recovery via finding others who have lost their loved ones in seemingly funny ways (bread worker "kneaded" to death when he fell in a bread-making machine, & so on). I liked reading this short story very much (although not as much as I enjoyed When She Woke by the sam [...]

    4. Awkward.butQuite the storyline. Could have gone on longer - meeting all 10 friends/families and then ended in the same fashion. But, I think I will take away more forum the short story that it is rather than an extended version.Enjoyable read. Awkward humor. Recommended.

    5. Hillary Jordan's range is pretty incredible. This was a short story, but completely different from her other two novels (which were both very different from each other). This was great writing, good story, quick read. If you are craving something by this author, it will do but I'd still like her to wrote another full-length book.

    6. I love Hillary Jordan's books and this one was no exception. I will admit that I didn't read it in one sitting (like the other books) but it was a really great short story. Note to other readers - it is quite dark and macabre but done so with humor. It is an interesting perspective on death and grief and finally being honest and getting over it (and yourself).

    7. I downloaded this book from the library one night when I couldn't sleep because I remembered liking another book by the author. It's a short book, maybe more of a short story, but even in its few pages, the author creates real emotion and real characters. Its funny, but in a very dark way, as it is about grief and losing loved ones.

    8. Leaning 3.5*. Certainly made me want to read more by Jordan. An interesting, short diversion - at times amusing, but ultimately hopeful and touching.Full review, here: civilian-reader

    9. A super short book about people whose family members died in weird circumstances (electrocuted by underwire bra?) and how this causes them to be able to relate to each other. Entertaining.

    10. Very short story about people dealing with their grief about loved ones who died under unusual circumstances. All dark humor that made me both laugh and cry.

    11. How a loved one dies shapes survivors' grief. This describes some stranger shapes. +Anger; +Alienation; Alas; the last few pages: rot.

    12. Touching and provocative. It's a very short story about a man whose wife dies in a freak accident, and how he finds peace.

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