by Rhian Ellis
Naomi Ash has come of age in a rustic, spiritualist community in upstate New York. Like most of the neighbors who inhabit the town's gingerbread-festooned, 19th century cottages, Naomi is a registered medium who makes her living providing readings to summer tourists. Down-to-earth despite her paranormal calling, Naomi spends the off-season running the town library. A modern gal, seemingly happy with her simple existence, Naomi has a 10 year-old secret that keeps her unintentionally distanced from the living even as she communes with the dead. A wonderful contemporary tale, After Life explores the connections that give our lives meaning.