Book review: ‘I Liked My Life’ an impressive debut – The Detroit News
The novel Ã¢Â€ÂœI Liked My LifeÃ¢Â€Â begins with Madeline, its main character, assessing a potential new wife for her husband, Brady. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s immediately clear sheÃ¢Â€Â™s dead and speaking from a sort of limbo afterlife.
Within a dozen pages, readers learn that Maddy killed herself by jumping off a building, leaving no note, no explanation, nothing that offers any solace to her husband and teenage daughter, Eve.
Sharing their points of view in individual chapters, Brady reveals himself as a self-absorbed and tuned-out husband, Eve questions every aspect of her behavior toward her mom and both try desperately to make their way through their grief and back to each other.
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s also an insightful examination of marriage and love and friendship and life.
First-time novelist Abby Fabiaschi unwinds a tale wholly compelling, altogether believable and, at times, so heartbreaking itÃ¢Â€Â™s hard to believe she isnÃ¢Â€Â™t already an established author. She demonstrates excellent timing and perfect control over the complicated narrative and never allows it to drift toward maudlin. She leaves readers a trail not of breadcrumbs, but gold coins that are irresistible.
And the ending, while perhaps a bit neat and tidy, is entirely unexpected. All in all, Ã¢Â€ÂœI Liked My LifeÃ¢Â€Â is an impossible-to-put-down and impressive debut.
Ã¢Â€Â˜I Liked My LifeÃ¢Â€Â™
(St. MartinÃ¢Â€Â™s Press)
By Abby Fabiaschi
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