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Let’s talk about Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin. A morbidly anxious young woman stumbles into a job as a receptionist at a Catholic church and soon finds herself obsessed with her predecessor’s mysterious death.
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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead
Author: Emily Austin
Genre: Fiction, LGBTQ
Gilda, a twenty-something atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church. She is greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace.
Between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a fictional story that follows Gilda as she struggles with something of an existential crisis. Throughout the book, she contemplates her purpose, life’s purpose, and death.
The pacing was perfect. I never found myself bored because there was always something happening- something to think about. I was either trying to figure out the truth behind Grace’s death or seriously thinking about something Gilda had thought/said.
The overall storytelling was, in my opinion, beautiful. None of the characters felt one-dimensional; there were so many different parts to all of them. The conflict and the resolution were very well done. And while I may or may not have predicted the ending (which is something that would normally decrease my enjoyment), I found myself invested up until the last page.
The way Emily Austin has Gilda talk about life and death in this book will stick with me for the foreseeable future. The way she wrote about life and finding meaning in it was insanely thought-provoking. I actually had to stop every few pages and sit there to fully process what I had just read. And the way she talked about death was even more amazing if you can believe it. Even though death was often brought up in the form of light-hearted jokes, you can feel the uneasiness and fear behind them.
Overall, I loved everything about this book. If you enjoy reading things that make you sit back and think, then this one is definitely one to put on your list.
I give Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead 5 out of 5 stars.
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