An American in Heaven
Chic-lit goes to the afterlife and finds it both more and less than expected. Kind of groovy really.
Melanie may be a dead teenager, but shes also an outrageously funny bad-mouthing bitch who doesnt care what you once thought about the afterlife, cause shes gonna give you the straight goods. No church crap. No science crap. No goody- two-shoes-gets-you-in crap. Shes giving you the unvarnished truth as she sees it every day of her deadlife, no denial, no whitewash and no dumbing down. Only the best snippy, sassy chic-lit cutting through that men-in-suits society shit. Be who you want. Think what you like. Do who you fancy. Its all free. All you have to do is die to get there. Or read this. Its chick-lit goes to the afterlife, and the afterlife will never be the same. Thank God!
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The secrets are finally getting out. The veil between the worlds is thinning. Death, the last taboo, is losing its sting. As one who has died and chosen to return, I can personally vouch for the profound truths contained in this astonishing book. Although An American In Heaven is couched as fiction, in what will surely become an entirely new genre, the author's out of body experiences clearly contribute an insightful reality to the after-death realms. Fast moving, deliciously wicked, subtly redemptive, curiously wise and entirely possible, Gordon Phinn's taboo busting book will awaken in the sensitive reader deeply buried memories of the mysterious lives we are all living under the surface. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who has lost a loved one and who has the feeling that they are still around. Read it simply as fiction and I've little doubt your life will change. It's a Heavenly read, quite literally. ~ Timothy Wyllie, co-author of Ask Your Angels,
The conversational style of writing immediately engages the reader. An American In Heaven explores the ongoingness of life from the perspective of a deceased American goth teenager. It charts her experiences of heaven and her attempts to persuade her loved ones on earth that the lines of communication are still open. She has lots to share with them; for instance, how her desire to meet Jesus or Buddha lead her to striking up a friendship with Kurt Cobain! This is a thought provoking book which opens your mind to eternal possibilities. ~ Julia Heywood, author of The Barefoot Indian: the making of a messiahress
While having some conversations with a recently deceased but enthusiastic American, Gordon discovers some interesting and lesser known aspects of the Afterlife and the happy people who live there. He makes the whole paradise thing entirely plausible, and quite often very heavenly. I wouldn't mind being there right now, actually. Everything seems so bright and beautiful. Nobody has to work, and it only takes a snap of the finger to get everything you need. Not that you'll need it. ~ David W. McFadden, author of An Innocent In Cuba and Why Are You So Sad?
"Eternal Life and How to Enjoy It" by Gordon Phinn A deliciously irreverent account of after-death occurrences, channeled through, well, of course, a dead person. Taking the position that we just get more of what we had while we were living and must still come to grips with the idea that what we focus on, is what we get...the same lessons, the same doubts. I had so hoped it would get better. But alas, it looks like we need to do the work here, if we hope to make any progress after this life. ~ Joann Turner, editor The Messenger
A chick lit with a difference: through an authentic voice of a teenager, Mel, who observes the family she has left behind, Phinn offers an entertaining social critique of the zaniness of their lives. Her post-mortem existence, complete with fashionistas, five second makeovers and really cool boys, works well as a parody of conventional teenage dreams, an intriguing portrayal of afterlife love or an outrageously funny fantasy. A multi-layered novel and a page-turner to boot. ~ VS Main, author of A Woman With No Clothes On