Image of The World of the End


Image of The World of the End

The original text of Gafla’s 2004 Geffen Award and Kugel Award-winning book is in Hebrew and while I haven’t read it, the English version is lyrical and flowing. Gafla creates a rich world of networked characters, both living and dead, and explores how human nature plays a role even in death. Rather than a coming-of-age story, this is a distressing yet moving coming-of-death story

Ben Mendelssohn is a writer of epilogues, so he’s normally all for an unpredictable ending. However, when a bizarre accident causes the sudden death of his wife, he decides that on her birthday taking his own life will ensure their happy ending in the next one. But the afterlife is not what Ben expected, and he can’t seem to find Marian. He does find his grandparents, as well as other relatives and celebrities, but no wife. He hires an Other World investigator to track her down, but when the whole story is revealed and perceptions are cracked, Ben will have to discover his own truth or be haunted for eternity. (TOR, Jul., 368 pp., $29.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jessie Potts