Monday, 13 January 2014

Confessions of a Reluctant Embalmer book cover

Stephanie Tkach has done a brilliant job with this cover. Tell me what you think! Either as a comment here, or on @AmitaMurray. I'd love to know.

You would like this novel if you like comedy, rom-com, dysfunctional family humour, multi-cultural families.

Read the blurb...

Anna Patel styles dead people.
(But they don't know that they're dead....Just kidding. They probably know...)

Trapped between her histrionic family, and her own troublesome desires, she tells people the truth on a strictly need-to-know basis. Now all she needs to do to get away from it all is marry her persistent boyfriend - and keep it all together till the wedding. Easy, right?

During a memorial service in her parents' (Ruth Worthing and Govind Patel) funeral home, a dead cat appears in a casket. There's a Pet Slasher on the loose, the Patel family’s livelihood is hanging by a thread, and on top of it all, their chief embalmer keeps telling her that she's his soul-mate. With her heart and happiness at stake, Anna must confront who she is, and ask herself if trying to be normal and dependable is all it's cracked up to be.

Publishers Weekly says, "A randy and light tone infuses this funny novel about a family who run a funeral home in present day London. The author intersperses fascinating tales about the family’s clients, rendered with matter of fact good humour, as the family dramas spiral out of control. The book is a perfectly charming blend of macabre detail and the social dynamics of a multi-cultural family in the U.K., without ever resorting to cliché, except to comic effect."

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