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Death and other Happy Endings

by Melanie Cantor

Debut Books of the Month Family Drama Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Death and other Happy Endings

Life, love, wiping slates clean. When life hands her death, a 43-year-old woman sets the record straight with people she’s close to, with wildly unexpected results - and plot twists aplenty.

“Why do we only appreciate what we’ve got when it’s put at risk?” This question simmers at the heart of this breezily written book that sees a woman deal with a diagnosis of terminal illness with a certain calmness. While there’s nothing Jennifer can do about her prognosis, she can do something to confront deep-rooted niggles about problematic romantic and familial relationships. And so after enjoying of an early act of wild abandon - an uncharacteristic event that will surely put smiles on readers’ faces - she sends letters to people who’ve hurt her. Letters that reveal all the things she should have said to her philandering ex-husband, to her self-centred sister, and to her flaky former boyfriend. Their responses lay bare their regrets and love, but also highlight their own failings and insecurities, before a succession of sweeping twists lead Jennifer to understatedly muse that it’s “funny how the worst thing to happen can end up being the best thing.” 

Prompting “what would you do...?” questions of the reader, this entertaining debut weaves in universal truths about the value of honesty and living life to the full to stave off future regrets, and will be enjoyed by fans of Jenny Colgan, Jill Mansell, Cathy Kelly and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Joanne Owen

Death and other Happy Endings Synopsis

Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live -- ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she'll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she's left unsaid. Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she's always wanted to say but never dared. At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it's hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn't always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you ...

Death and other Happy Endings Press Reviews

Witty, very touching and entirely unexpected -- Jenny Colgan A spirited feel-good story that made me smile, and think. . -- Fanny Blake Brilliantly funny and thought-provoking--an absolute joy. -- Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted and The Man Who Didn't Call I LOVE this book! I read it at high speed. How brilliant to read about a grown-up who is also funny and makes mistakes, in a novel that is full of heart and hope without any stupid bucket lists. -- Cathy Kelly Totally wonderful: Funny and heart-warming and insightful about relationships and how people operate. Everybody's going to be reading it this summer. - Melanie Sykes

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ISBN: 9781787631380
Publication date: 13/06/2019
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787631380
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Author: Melanie Cantor
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,

About Melanie Cantor

Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes. In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a 'real model' in the most recent Dove campaign. She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.

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