A Life in Men (Paperback)

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Dagny's Staff Pick (February 2014): This book explores the idea of how you might live differently if you knew you were going to die. The main character Mary, is diagnosed with a disease that will cut her life short. But it’s her best friend, Nix who is taken long before Mary, leaving our main character to ponder the sacrifices that have been made for her. This is an easy read and engaging, leaving the reader to decide whether or not the main character is a sympathetic one, or as so many of us are, a selfish one.

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The friendship between Mary and Nix had endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women embarked on a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip initiated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would cut her life short and who was determined that it be the vacation of a lifetime. But by the time their visit to Greece was over, Nix had withdrawn from their friendship, and Mary had no idea why.

Three years later, Nix is dead, and Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong. In the process she meets the first of many men that she will spend time with as she travels throughout the world. Through them she experiences not only a sexual awakening but a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected and to appreciate the freedom to live life adventurously.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616201630
ISBN-10: 1616201630
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English