What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and his earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.
The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.
Praise for The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall:
“Following acclaimed Method 15/33, Shannon Kirk sheds her thriller threads and dons a chimeric cloak. . . . Kirk captures a phantasmagoric vision. . . . Ceaseless hope and the importance of letting go of life—and the things that complicate it—are key to this uplifting tale. One word in the title says it all: Extraordinary. . . . sheer poetry, a book to read many times. Or give to friends as an extraordinary gift.”
“There’s so much joy in this book, I’m surprised it doesn’t burst. Enough love to light a galaxy. Imagination with a capital I. Shannon Kirk is a ferocious talent.”
—Elisabeth Elo, author of North of Boston
“Kirk brings a sense of magical realism [where] one could read the tale strictly for the beauty of its language. . . . This is one gifted writer, and [this is] one gorgeous, uplifting, and powerful book.”
—Dawn Reno Langley, award-winner author, #LitChat
“Amazingly imaginative, gut wrenching and heartwarming novel . . . a keeper shelf, page-turner.”
—The Reading Frenzy, rating it 5 out of 5 stars