What an absolutely stunning book! I Liked My Life is a layered tale with meaningful things to say about life, death, grief and moving forward after tragedy. The writing talent on display is remarkable; Fabiaschi delivers such heartfelt emotion without ever becoming maudlin. The characters become real people who help the reader experience a gamut of complex emotions.

Madeline is a stay-at-home mother who kills herself by jumping off a building. She observes the life she left behind, including her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve. Her goal is to find a woman for Brady to date and marry in order to make his life complete again. As Brady and Eve attempt to find their way through this tragic time in their lives, they are pushed toward Rory, a teacher who Maddie determines is just the right pick for both Brady and Eve. Through some maneuvering, Maddie causes a friendship to grow — but things aren't always as they seem, and Maddie must figure out how to help make her family happy before she is gone completely. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jan., 272 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel