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(formerly titled THE LADDER)

In this metaphysical novel coming soon, a middle-aged woman discovers that life on the "other side" is not all harps and halos.

Is there life after death?

Forget Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Ask Judith McBride, a cheeky, forty-one year old freelance writer who accepts her thunder thighs with good grace and counts herself lucky to have a husband who never leaves the seat up. She is savvy, naturally inquisitive, and a die-hard animal lover. She is also possessed of a tenacity that serves her well in life, even as it periodically drives her friends and family crazy. Challenge seems to be a way of life for Judith, who touts herself as living proof of the old adage, "That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

Ironically, that which kills Judith McBride is precisely what makes her stronger. Or so she thinks.

In its simplest form, THE LADDER is about a woman who has to die in order to learn how to live. It's about learning to let go.