Regardless of where you are reading this paragraph, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. It’s just a fact of life. Death is enviable. However, most people don’t think about it much—if at all.
Gilda is different. She thinks about death obsessively. Well, whenever she is not worrying about how her discarded plastic water bottle will outlive her by hundreds of years. You see, Gilda has an anxiety disorder. She is also a lesbian atheist. The last two wouldn’t be a problem if she wasn’t working as a receptionist in a Catholic church. Oh, and the police suspect her of murder. Mustn’t forget that…
“How could anyone think I could kill someone? I can’t even kill myself.“
No matter what kind of mental issues you have, reading about Gilda’s interior thoughts will make you feel better, perhaps even superior. If you’re Catholic, you may object to Gilda’s saving on her grocery bill by frequently eating the body of Christ and drinking his blood for dinner.
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is an interesting look inside someone else’s mind. While I don’t think it will appeal to a wide swath of readers, people who like the surrealness of say, Murakami, will enjoy it. 4 stars!
Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.