Title: I Liked My Life
Author: Abby Fabiaschi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publishing Date: 31 Jan 2017
Buy: Macmillian/St. Martin’s Press
Source: ARC via NetGalley
After Maddy dies from apparent suicide, she’s blessed, or cursed, with being able to watch her husband and daughter try and piece their lives back together.
Before her death, Maddy didn’t show any signs of being suicidal. As far as anyone knew, she was happy with being the perfect housewife. She had dinner ready for her husband whenever he was able to actually come home from the office and made sure her daughter was not without love–a stark contrast from the households both her and her husband grew up in. But now that Maddy is gone, Brady and Eve are starting to wonder what their wife and mother (respectively) could have actually been thinking. Had Brady been there enough for his family? Was Eve ever appreciative of her mother? Answers are what they want more than anything and Maddy, despite being able to send energy and suggestions beyond the grave, can’t give them what they want.
Fabiaschi’s debut took me by surprise in its exploration of the relationship between father and daughter. It’s clear Eve had a strong relationship with her mother; Maddy’s absence in Eve’s life is a black hole. But without Maddy, Brady is forced to be present for his daughter physically and emotionally.
I Liked My Life is a raw, captivating story crafted around whether or not the life we’re living is what we want, or what we settled for.