How Not to Die Alone

How Not to Die Alone

A darkly funny and life-affirming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine the story of one man who is offered a second chance at life and love when he develops an unexpected friendship--if he can expose the white lie he told years ago that grew into so much more.

Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day's cares away. At least, that's what his coworkers believe.

Andrew didn't mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he's become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn't notice the wall he's been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down.

Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the façade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it's the kind of big-hearted story we all need.

Title:How Not to Die Alone
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525539889
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    I started reading How Not to Die Alone on 5/8/2019 and finished it on 5/10/2019. This story being particularly depressing, but I have to admit that I enjoyed reading it. It’s different. I have never...

  • Danielle

    November 2020 F.A.B. Bookclub Pick. # I.❤️. F.A.B. While this started out a bit slow, I found myself intrigued by this story. I cannot imagine being so lonely. I found the idea of him going out of...

  • Berit???

    Qυιɾƙყ. Uρʅιϝƚιɳɠ. Uɳιϙυҽ. Richard Roper has crafted a quirky and uplifting story packed with colorful characters and a unique storyline. The blurb of this book compares it to “El...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/What a pickle this book has left me in! I should have hated it because it contained my (maybe only) dealbreaker plotline – one that 99.99...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    DNF @ 60%: I really tried to get through this one, but wow was it a slog. I just couldn't do it anymore. Onto the next one!...

  • Theresa Alan

    This is a fast, chuckle-inducing read with poignant moments of sadness and reflection. Andrew’s job is to go to the homes of the deceased and find out if they have any family and any money to pay fo...

  • Susanne  Strong

    3 Stars.Have you ever started a novel and known immediately that it was not for you and yet you kept going? Such was the case with “How Not to Die Alone.”This novel is about a man named Andrew, wh...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Thank you to G.P. Putnam's Sons / Penguin Publishing Group for providing an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.Andrew is 42, single, lives alone in an apartment in London, and works for the council. He...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    This book has shaken me to my core. But in the best way. It was nothing like I expected it to be from the blurb but instead was so much darker and utterly heart wrenching. I don’t know if this is mo...

  • Toni

    Andrew works for the local council and has an unusual job of identifying if people who lived and died alone had a next of kin. The irony of the situation is that Andrew himself is estranged from his f...