how i’m spending my afterlife
coming september 2021 from woodhall press
Alton Carver has a problem.
He’s under investigation for embezzling and securities fraud, and the feds are closing in. Instead of spending the next three to five years behind bars, he’s got a different plan: stage his own death, take the money he stole and light out for Central America, leaving behind wife Nicole and daughter Clara. But when he sticks around town long enough to watch his own funeral, he makes the unpleasant discovery that the life he’s leaving behind isn’t the life he thought he had.
Read the first chapter here
When he overhears the way his former colleagues talk about him now that he’s “gone,” Alton is forced to reconsider his self-image as a respected and admired pillar of the legal community. Then the shock of seeing Nicole in the arms of another man leads Alton to postpone his plan to run for the border. What comes next is a slow-burn train wreck, a tale of self-deception, revenge and bad decisions.
What people are saying about How I’m Spending My Afterlife
“As fast-paced as it is fun, packed with quick dialogue and quicker hijinx, How I’m Spending My Afterlife is a terrific debut. Spencer Fleury is a writer to watch.”
– Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of THE WONDER TEST
“Reading How I’m Spending My Afterlife is like watching a train wreck—in the best possible sense. As Alton Carver makes one ill-advised decision after another, it’s impossible not to keep turning the pages. Alton’s spectacular bad judgment—and Fleury’s sharp prose—are obsessively compelling.”
– Janis Cooke Newman, author of A MASTER PLAN FOR RESCUE
“How I’m Spending My Afterlife starts out of the gate at an all-out sprint, hooking us by the end of the first paragraph and luring us relentlessly forward with sharp, propulsive prose. Fleury’s deft pacing raises the stakes and ratchets up the tension with every twist and turn, and his knack for balancing poignant reflection with dark, side-splitting humor is undeniably top-notch. Add to that an authentic, engaging narrative voice, and what you have is memorable debut novel that’s a hell of a good time and not to be missed.”
– William R. Soldan, author of IN JUST THE RIGHT LIGHT
“Spencer Fleury manages a fantastic balance between a wild, wicked plot and well-rendered characters who earn our sympathy, even as they wallow in the muck of their own bad behavior. This book is hard to put down.”
– James Brubaker, author of THE TAXIDERMIST’S CATALOG
“A breakneck dissection of truth, lies, and all the troubles in between.”
– Stephanie Hayes, author of OBITCHUARY
“Spencer Fleury busts out of the gate in a frenzy with a dark, comic debut that will have you ripping through pages much like he wrote them: in a maniac’s glee. You won’t be able to put it down until the final, satisfying conclusion.”
– Eryk Pruitt, author of DIRTBAGS and WHAT WE RECKON
“Contains about a thousand more ‘fuck‘s than I would have included.”
– Bob Fleury, co-creator of Spencer Fleury