I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi (St. Martin’s – January 2017) received a starred review in the October 15, 2016 issue of Booklist! Read the review below:
Maddy’s husband, Brady, and their teenage daughter, Eve, have been struggling after Maddy’s suicide. Wanting to help her shattered family move on without her, Maddy hovers from the beyond, seeking the right woman to take her place. She finds the perfect person to help Brady and Eve move past their loss in Rory, an elementary teacher, and she plants thoughts in their heads to bring Rory and her family together. But Rory has experienced her own loss and may be just as much in need of learning to live again as Brady and Eve are. Fabiaschi excels at depicting the confusion Eve and Brady experience as they desperately try to reconcile their Maddy with the one who committed suicide. Excerpts from Maddy’s journal and multiple narrators add to the complexity of Maddy’s character as well as the layers of strained relationship history between Brady and Eve. Readers will be enveloped by the emotional impact of Fabiaschi’s writing. Warm and hopeful, this marvelous debut stands next to novels from Catherine McKenzie and Carolyn Parkhurst in taking the reader on the emotional rides that define marriage and family.— Tracy Babiasz
I LIKED MY LIFE is Abby Fabiaschi’s first novel and will be available in January, 2017.