Death is a bird of paradise: we all know what it is, but it can be many different things that aren’t at all alike.
Is thirty already too late to reconsider? Natalie, usually so conscientious, can’t remember why her life is following Plan B. Dan carries in his mind a vision of the universe, but sings like a donkey. But their marriage has some precious ember at its core, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, Mike is relieved to discover that it doesn’t matter if there’s a void where the weightiest substance of your character should be. Fearless mountaineer Brenda sees arcs of blood in a crowded room. And James, pacing and fidgeting in a cage of his own design, doesn’t know how to unfollow his dreams.
This vivaciously intelligent novel follows five characters as they fall under a mortal shadow that none is expecting so soon, but that might just help them learn how to live, just in time.