"I stopped being funny the day my wife was electrocuted by her underwire bra."
So begins "Aftermirth," a surprising dark comedy from Hillary Jordan, the NY Times-bestselling author of Mudbound and When She Woke.
The story explores the absurdity of death through the eyes of 36-year-old comedian, writer and actor Michael Larssen. What is horribly funny to the rest of the world is devastating to Michael, who loved his wife deeply, especially her bright, abandoned laughter, which captivated him from the first time he ever heard it. In the aftermath of her death, he loses his sense of humor, along with his career.
Then one day, after two years of mourning, he sees an article in the paper about a factory worker who was kneaded to death in a giant vat of dough. For reasons Michael doesn’t understand, he decides to go to the wake. There, he meets and bonds with the victim's daughter Elena, a law student who is reeling from her father’s unexpected and preposterous death. A few months later, at Elena's instigation, the two of them drive to North Carolina to speak with another survivor like themselves whom she has found on the Internet. The ensuing road trip is a darkly funny journey of healing that takes them deep into the heart of their grief and then beyond it, to a place of peace and laughter.
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