About the Book:

Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing 
Publication Date: November 1, 2015


Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.
With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?
From critically acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.


“Camille Pagan's Life and Other Near-Death Experiences is anything but formulaic: it's unceasingly delightful, and Libby Miller is a sensitive, super-smart Everywoman hero you'll come to adore.” —Bustle

Cove Member Roberta Reviews—


No one wants to get bad news from their doctor. 
Libby gets the very worst news: a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer. Libby is an intelligent, thirty-something woman, but she does not want to go through the same struggles as her late mother when the prognosis seems so bleak.
When she gets home she tries to break the news gently to her husband, but he drops his own life-altering bombshell on her. She and her husband Tom were high school sweethearts and she thought they were true soulmates, but her marriage seems to have been different from what she always thought it was. 
Libby is totally stunned by all this horrible news, but truly leaves it all behind as she quits the job she has come to hate, sells enough things to finance her escape, and flies off to Puerto Rico. 
On a small plane that takes her to her final destination, she almost dies in a clash, but the pilot, Shiloh, saves the day. While he is waiting for his plane to be repaired, he visits Libby. After Libby shares the news with them that she has not even told her twin brother, Shiloh and her landlady, Milagros, help her to see that there may still be hope for her.
The vivid descriptions of the tropics make me yearn to visit such a place of beauty and relaxation. 
Author Camille Pagan has written a novel that has both heart wrenching emotions and humor. 
The storyline flows smoothly and is well paced. There is an excellent blend of dialog and narrative. The book is also very thought provoking. 
We all know we will die someday, but what would you do if you were still in the prime of your life? 
The author has a background in journalism which helps her shine as an excellent wordsmith. I will be looking forward to more of her novels in the future.

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About Camille Pagán

Camille Pagán's work has appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Men's Health, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, Real Simple, and many others. 

When she's not at her computer, you'll find her with her nose in a book, running after her two kids and their nutty dog, or planning her next trip (most likely to Puerto Rico, where her husband was born and raised). 

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Pagán lives in Ann Arbor. 

Visit her at www.camillepagan.com.

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