Library Journal's "Best Books of 2016"
A Best 35 Over 35 Pick
Blogcritics Best Fiction of the Year

"A very cunning variation on the revenge fable."
 The New York Times
"A novel so startlingly original and so unafraid to approach complicated, bald emotion and anger."
The Brooklyn Rail
"The lusty, livid Joanna is the hottest middle-aged/dead woman in fiction." 
The Star Tribune
"Stephanie Gangi’s novel is fast-paced, wickedly observant, and haunting in the best sense of the word."
Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers
"Gangi is a fascinating writer who understands love, sex, men and women. The Next is a riveting debut by a fiercely talented writer." — Erica Jong, bestselling author of Fear of Flying
"I love The Next...elegantly written, thoughtfully sharp, surprisingly touching." — Cathleen Schine, bestselling author of The Love Letter, Rameau's Niece, Alice in Bed
"Love and loss, revenge and redemption, this debut novel will stick with you for a long time. Stephanie Gangi is an instant, new favorite." — Emily Giffin, bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love

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Booksellers love
The Next

"Clear your calendar before opening Stephanie Gangi’s The Next, because this whirlwind of a novel will make you forget all about eating and sleeping...A gorgeous book about love in all its forms, familial, canine, romantic, lost and found again."
— Hillary at Gibson's Bookstore (Concord, NH)
"What a smart, thought-provoking, excellent read – I love a book that brings a unique aspect to the storytelling – and what’s better than a revenge ghost story...but it’s so much more!"
— Julie at Warwick's (La Jolla, CA)
"This story can make you laugh and cry and I did both. I loved it especially for the power of her language and the intensity with which Gangi writes."
— Susan at Bookworks (Albuquerque, NM)

Readers love
The Next

"Wow! The Next is a real page-turner, sensual, inviting, funny and scary all at once. What a feat of magnificent writing that Ms. Gangi pulls off." -- Sarah, Amazon

"The Next is brilliant because it is at once gripping and pulpy like all great ghost stories, but also unusually adroit and well-written for this genre. Give it to all the women/New Yorkers/dog-lovers/breast cancer survivors you know!" -- Coco, Goodreads

"I have never read a book like this one. It was impossible to put down. The writing was so rich I had to make myself slow down and enjoy every bite. Very lyrical and rhythmic and impressive."
-- Susan, Goodreads


About The Next

Is there a right way to die?
If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time.

From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after. 


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