ABOUT THE AFTERLIVES:
"Pierce has a gift for probing the limits of the psychic realm to uncover the benevolence that manifests from metaphysical insight." --Library Journal, Starred Review
"It is a hugely inventive and enjoyable journey into the unknown... For all its inventiveness, however, the book's beating heart is in its exploration of faith." --The Irish Times
"The Afterlives, in all its witty, existentially, provocative glory, does not disappoint." --Nylon.com
"Told with sharp humor and big questions, it will make you laugh while simultaneously urging you to think deeply about technology, loss, faith, and life." --Southern Living
"Pierce's measured, straightforward style does not overtly highlight the speculative-fiction elements, adding to their impact. Wildly imaginative and thought-provoking fun for fans of Dave Eggers and Gary Shteyngart."
"A bracingly intelligent, beautifully rendered meditation on ghosts, technology, marriage, and the afterlife. This is a remarkable novel."
--Emily St. John Mandel
"Thomas Pierce's fine new novel is often humorous, but Jim Byrd's search to find out what might lie beyond this life makes The Afterlives much more: a poignant inquiry into our human desire for permanence." --Ron Rash
"Tackling life's biggest question is an ambitious goal for a first novel--but Thomas Pierce, one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 recipients, does it with aplomb. Set in the near future, The Afterlives is a mordantly funny and deeply human look at one man's quest to find out what happens after we die... [Pierce] displays a nimble sense of humor and wild creativity in The Afterlives... Maybe knowledge of life after death is a futile quest, but Pierce's intelligent debut proves there's still something to gain from pursuing it." --BookPage
"[It] will both haunt you and make you laugh." --Garden & Gun
"A quirky, hilarious, and heartrending journey to answer the question of what, if anything, happens when we transition from this life to the next." --Marie Claire
"Pierce's first novel is a free-spirited lark that questions how people live with the presence of death... The novel imagines a rare and significant clarity about the effects of death on the living." --Publishers Weekly
"Inventive, romantic, and unsettling, The Afterlives is a story of two people who take extraordinary measures to answer the Big Questions: What is the soul? Do we ever really die? Flabbergastingly original and sublimely satisfying." --Amity Gaige