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Contributor(s): Cacek, P. D.

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ISBN: 1787581578     ISBN-13: 9781787581579
Publisher: Flame Tree Pub
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: April 2019

Annotation: When four patients unexpectedly wake after being declared dead, their families are ecstatic. However, the patients don’t respond to their names and insist they are different people. When a doctors recognizes the name of a girl whose death he witnessed, it soon becomes clear that the bodies are now inhabited by the souls of people long dead.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Death; Fiction.
Soul; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Horror
Dewey: 813/.54
LCCN: bl2019010608
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Fiction Without Frontiers
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.90 lbs) 295 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2019 February #2)

In this flawed but fascinating novel, four people in modern-day Los Angeles die at the same time, in the same hospital, only to reawaken claiming to be completely different people who died decades ago. Helen, Sara, Jamie, and Henry's deaths have barely sunk in when four untethered souls of people who died sudden, violent deaths somehow take possession of the empty bodies. The "Travelers," as they come to be called, struggle to adjust to this unexpected new lease on a life out of time, while the bereaved friends and family of the people whose corpses they now inhabit try to make peace with the interlopers. Jumping between past and present, and among the heads of multiple characters, with impressive skill, Cacek (The Wind Caller) captures the raw, human messiness of grief through a series of meditations on loss, compassion, trauma, and rebuilding. Not all of the four story lines are of equal quality, however, and the author's evident desire to end them all on a similar note leads to some of the conclusions feeling forced and overly convenient. Readers will find this a rewarding exploration of the emotions felt both by those confronting their own deaths and those left behind to mourn. (Apr.)

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