I Liked My Life

  • by Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.
Maddy, however, isn't ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge...but who also harbors a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal?

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What the Critics Say

"Warm and hopeful, this marvelous debut stands next to novels from Catherine McKenzie and Carolyn Parkhurst." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The perfect timing...

My mother passed away in May of 2016. She left behind my dad and her only child, me, her daughter. Since her death I have tried to find meaning and a greater understanding of loss and grief. I've actively sought help with a grief counselor and I am learning how to practice self care and compassion instead of guilt or blame. Grief is a journey and it is full of beautiful and painful lessons and truths. I am learning to honor and embrace that.

So, this book finding its way into my life feels very poignant. It mirrors so much of my experience, it's haunting. And it is beautiful. Listening to it was a lovely experience and heart-breakingly cathartic. Ms.Fabiaschi's writing is wonderfully human and this captures the experience of grief, so precisely. And the narrators voices, told her story with care.

Thank you, Ms. Fabiaschi for writing this amazing book. Thank you to The Universe and maybe my mom (?) for guiding me to it.
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- Angela

Loved it! Don't let the suicide issue put you off

It's that "meh" time of year in the northeast and I thought the last thing I would want to read about was depression and suicide. I am glad that I put my concerns aside though, because I really loved this book. I don't say that lightly. As a college English major, I have done my fair share of heavy duty reading. Now that I am well past my graduation, I still love to read, but need a book to grab me in addition to teaching me something. I want to be intrigued, curious- staying up too late to press on. This book has it all. Well written, thoughtful, casually meaningful without being overbearing. Can't wait to see what comes next for this very talented author.
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- SLuzaz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio