Imagine waking up dead. I’ve always had a soft spot for the ludicrous nature of that question, but it’s worth pondering. If you went from this exact moment and suddenly found yourself dead, how would you react?
MercyMe treated the question of the afterlife in their hit song “I Can Only Imagine,” but Gabrielle Zevin takes a different approach in Elsewhere, a young adult (YA) novel published in 2005. It’s been on my Round Tuit book list for ages, but this seemed like the proper time to engage it. I’ve read books and seen movies about conceptions of the afterlife before (The Lovely Bones novel and What Dreams May Come film), but I have never read one quite as whimsical, fresh, and enchanting as Elsewhere.