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After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
ISBN: 9780374320911
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 10, 2019

I cuouldn't put this down. It's the most satisfying version of an afterlife that I can imagine as well as being a darn good story. It won't appeal to anyone who strongly believes in a traditionally western view of heaven and hell. Also, I love how pets are portrayed.

May 21, 2016

Wow, This was a really good book!
I found that this book had very descriptive writing,
and that Liz had very memorable characteristic,
She at first didn't understand death and how she died or how everything was happening, She wanted to see her family, and this book just blew me away with all the details!
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes reading about other views on life, Or in this case, Death,
This book certainly hit me in the feels.
I would have one suggestion. *SPOILERS*
Around the last quarter,
Her friend had gotten married, and Liz had got an invitation, What if around the end, when Liz became a baby, and got shipped back off, she could be her best friends baby!

Dec 20, 2015

An interesting perspective on death. Enjoyed it.

This book was truly amazing. I have never read anything like it!

airwaving Jul 24, 2015

Nice job by author Zevin. --so much so, that I sought out more titles of hers, so I am about to start reading "Because it is My Blood".

"Elsewhere" manages to paint a picture of the afterlife that I would describe as having the feel of an impressionist painting. There's a dream-like quality there.

Jul 20, 2015

This book was different and creative. I loved how the author articulated her ideas throughout the story. Overall, it was a great book!

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

Have you ever used those funny-looking binocular machines on an observation deck, maybe on top of a mountain or bridge, where you can put in a quarter and peek at the landscape below? Well, imagine a sad teenage girl standing on an observation deck, a girl who will never get her driver's license, or go to prom, or college. Instead, she keeps peering through that machine to look down at the world she left behind when she died. She might be dead, but her life's not really over. In fact, it's just about the opposite of what you might expect. Meet that girl, Liz, and follow her to the end of a surprisingly uplifting story.

Jun 30, 2014

I did not enjoy this Novel, It was hard to follow and it did not appeal to my whole book club, I wouldn't read it again for 10 000 000 dollars.

angiem99 Nov 02, 2012

I loved this book so much! I read it in french but it was still so good!!! The story was so creative and sometimes i really wonder if elsewhere really does exist?

rainydaysOwO Aug 11, 2012

This book was a great read. It gives an interesting idea of the afterlife.

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pigs_will_fly May 27, 2013

CONTINUED 'What's she saying?' Betty asks Liz. 'Sadie says she's named after some Beatles song," Liz translates. 'Oh sure, I know that song.' Betty sings, " ' Sexy Sadie, what have you done?" Or something like that, right?" 'That's the song!' Sadie says. 'That's exactly it!' She places a paw on Betty's shoulder. "Betty you're a genius!' Sadie barks a few bars of the song. Liz laughs again, a pretty, twinkly laugh. 'What a lovely laugh you have, Liz,' Betty says. 'I'm not sure I've ever heard it before.' "

pigs_will_fly May 27, 2013

" When Liz leaves work that night, Sadie follows her to Betty's car. 'Who's this?' Betty asks. 'This is Sadie,' Liz says. And then she lowers her voice. 'Is it all right?' Sadie looks expectantly at Betty. Betty smiles. 'Seems like Sadie's already made up her mind' Sadie licks Betty's face. 'Oy! Welcome to the family, Sadie. I'm Betty.' 'Hi, Betty!' Sadie hops into the backseat. 'Did I tell you that I was named for a Beatles song? My full name's Sexy Sadie, actually, but you don't have to call me Sexy unless you want to. I mean, it's a little presumptuous, don't you think?' CONTINUED

Jun 24, 2012

"Happiness is a choice"

Angtho Aug 06, 2009

"By the way, you do speak Canine don't you?"
"Canine?" asks Liz. "What's Canine?"
"Canine is the language of dogs. Dear me, you don't mean to say that they still aren't teaching it in Earth schools?" Aldous seems truly horrified at the possibility.
Liz shakes her head.
"A pity," says Aldous, "as Canine is one of our most beautiful languages. Did you know that there are over three hundred words for 'love' in Canine?"
Liz thinks of her sweet Lucy back on Earth. "I believe it," Liz says.”


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Jul 06, 2012

Liz Hall is 15, but she dies, hit by a car. She wakes up later in a boat, the SS Nile, which takes her to another place, or Elsewhere. There she finds her grandmother, who died 16 years earlier. She learns that there she will age backwards from 15, until she is a baby again and is sent to Earth to begin a new life. Liz learns to let go of her life on Earth and enjoy the time she has in Elsewhere.

unreg_86906102 May 06, 2011

A teen dies and finds herself on a boat travelling to an unknown shore and a new "life".

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Elsewhere is where 15-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth.


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