So Much for That is the newest novel from the critically acclaimed author Lionel Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin). In the same way authors like Jodi Picoult tackle social issues through fiction, Ms. Shriver gives readers a deeply honest look at the human cost of the American health care and insurance systems.
The story follows Shep Knacker and Glynis, his wife of twenty-six years. Shep has long saved for “The Afterlife:” an idyllic retirement on a tropical island in the Third World where a nest egg can last. His plans are disrupted, however, when Glynis announces that she’s sick and desperately needs his health insurance. Lionel Shriver enriches the story with three other medical subplots that explore the human side of the healthcare system. Despite its dark subject matter, So Much for That is a page-turner that asks important questions about the value of human life with a surprisingly upbeat ending.
Although this book won’t be published until March 2010, I have four advanced reading copies for anyone who would like to read it. To get yours send me an email with the subject: "Free Galley Monday."