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How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper
Contemporary fiction

How Not to Die Alone

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by Richard Roper

Quick take

Steady job? Check. Great apartment? Check. Loving family? Well...

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  • Fast read

  • Family drama

  • Sad

  • Quirky

Why I love it

Prepare yourself for hilarity and heart-squeezes in this life-affirming novel about—wait for it—death!

Andrew has an unusual job for a civil servant: He goes into the homes of deceased people who lived alone and searches their belongings for clues of any living relatives. He is respectful and sensitive, and the job suits him. Andrew himself lives a quiet life alone—not that his ...


Andrew's been feeling stuck. For years he's worked a thankless public health job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that's what his coworkers believe.

Then he meets Peggy.

A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie and his lonely apartment. When new employee Peggy breezes into the office li...


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    May 2019