Second Life

Paul Griner (Author)

Product Details

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Soft Skull Press
Publish Date
January 13, 2015
6.1 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Paul Griner is the author of the acclaimed novels Second Life, Collectors, and The German Woman, and the story collections Hurry Please I Want to Know and Follow Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. He teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.


"[T]his is one hell of a dark - a relentlessly dark - story. Deliciously so, if you like that sort of thing. If you like a bit of crime-thriller mixed in with your Mary Roach-level exploration of an unsettling area of human industry. If the gruesome reality of what happens to us after we're reduced to meat is something you've wondered about and would like to see a troubled protagonist fight her way through it - toward some sense of redemption, if possible, before death."--Austin Chronicle

"He's starting us on a claustrophobic thrill ride that will regularly pick at our queasiness.... A chase-through-the-long-night hits all the required marks, with writing a cut above due to Griner's handling of dialogue and poetic descriptive passages" --Leo Weekly

"Griner pens an exciting thriller that illustrates the worst-case scenario of what might happen to a body after death....Griner's novel will rev up the reader's pulse as it pulls back the surgical curtain to reveal a hidden world of literal flesh peddling." --Publishers Weekly

"I'm a long-time fan of Paul Griner's elegant wit; and, still, Second Life comes as a swift and resonant surprise. It is a smart and darkly glimmering story, a hold-your-breath thriller written in finely wrought prose, and a book that will spark a hundred conversations about risk and love and the dignity inherent to our gorgeous, short-lived, all-too fleshly forms." --Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of Arcadia

"Griner's terse, bruising prose amplifies the noir plot, as Elena gumshoes after a missing girl who just happens to be a corpse. Dark, twisty, and ultimately mournful." --Booklist

"...bone-chilling..." --Vanity Fair

"Mesmerizing! Griner yanks the sheet off our delicate notions about life and death, revealing a frank, unsettling underworld of corpse industries and body harvesting. As if that weren't enough, he does all this with an ever-keen eye and tremendous artistry. This book is an absolute feat." --Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn

"Paul Griner's Second Life confirms his remarkable ability to investigate, line by carefully etched line, that which is elemental, harrowing, and all-too-true. Read this unforgettable novel if you dare." --Colin Harrison, author of Afterburn and The Havana Room