I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi
- Women’s Fiction
A story from debut author Abby Fabiaschi that is “as absorbing as it is illuminating, and as witty as it is heartbreaking.”
Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch…until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.
Maddy, however, isn’t ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge…but who also harbours a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal?
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Disturbingly hilarious seems like an oxymoron, but it was the first description I came up with at the beginning of I Liked My Life, the stunning debut novel by Abby Fabiaschi. I tried to explain it to my husband, how a tragic event could also elicit laugh out loud moments. He didn’t get it. Maybe I should feel guilt or embarrassment for guffawing when a theme of the book is considered socially taboo. However, I’m fairly certain Ms. Fabiaschi will think she got her point across perfectly, considering she wrote this line for one of the main characters:
“She called it a ‘this-situation-is-so-horrendous-it-is-absolutely-hilarious’ moment.”
I Liked My Life needed this opening because the story really does take the reader down an emotional rabbit hole. It isn’t that after the beginning there is no more humor, no, I giggled my way through the heartbreaking parts, of which there were plenty. People who have read my reviews know that I don’t generally do suffering. I am truly a Disney-princess-happily-ever-after kind of entertainment seeker in that respect. With I Liked My Life I became so attached to the three main characters that I wanted to be there with them – for them – until the conclusion. I apologize to my husband for the funk I have been in the past couple of days. Not often do novels suck me to the point where they impact my non-reading hours as well. I have to say, it was well worth it.
This novel is so full of wisdom dished out in increments that the reader gains perspectives at the same time as the characters. It makes the lessons, the regrets and absolution all the more personal. I know that it has impacted my views on relationships. I Liked My Life is currently out in hardback and will be coming out in paperback on May 8,2018.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, Get Red PR, and especially Abby Fabiaschi for allowing me the chance to read and review such a beautiful story.
Review by Kimberly Livingston on behalf of Love Books Group.
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