Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.55 × 6 × 0.9 in
Published: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670067709
ISBN - 13: 9780670067701
From the Publisher
Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Somebody up there hates you.
Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old. Except Richie has cancer, and he''s spending his final days in a hospice unit. His mother, his doctors, and the hospice staff are determined to keep Richie alive as long as possible. But in this place where people go to die, Richie has his own plans for how to make the most of the life he has left.
About the Author
Hollis Seamon has written two story collections, Corporeality (Able Muse Press, 2013) and Body Work (Spring Harbor Press, 2000), along with a mystery novel, Flesh (Memento Mori Mystery, 2005). She has also published short stories in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review , Greensboro Review , Fiction International , Chicago Review , Nebraska Review , Persimmon Tree , and Calyx . Seamon is a professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and also teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. She lives in Kinderhook, New York.
“Even in hospice, a lot can happen in a short time… Being near death doesn’t mean abandoning hope for the life that remains.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review “Each character is vividly drawn, with a sharp, memorable voice that readers will love and remember... A fresh, inspiring story.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A valuable story of love, friendship, and determination that will make readers consider all that we take for granted." - Washington Independent Review of Books "I read Somebody Up There Hates You in one great rush. This novel is funny, harrowing, and wildly profane. It had me crying with laughter on one page and then just plain crying on another." - Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club "Here are some things Hollis Seamon knows: Life, for one, and the end of life, and how they are always partners. She knows what''s sad, and she knows what''s funny. And she knows what people need, and how it feels to be someone who worries he might not get to experience life fully before he goes. Knowing all that— and being able to write about it so simply, and beautifully, with such a lack of sentimentality—is already enough for one writer. That she is able to take this knowledge and, with it, inhabit a character ... is a kind of miracle." - Richard Kramer, author of These Things Happen "Few novels capture the realities of pain and grief with as much humanity as Hollis Seamon''s wise, wicked, and hilarious S