Edward Packard

Notes from the Afterlife: A Novel

In the course of correspondence between Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and the renowned theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, Niebuhr referred to himself as "an irreverent believer" and Frankfurter referred to himself as "a reverent non-believer." It's in the spirit of these antinomies that I have written a novel I hope readers will find to be comic, serious, and provocative. - Edward Packard

"Jack's vision of the afterlife is decidedly as worrisome and varied as the character himself … will strike a chord with many readers." - Kirkus Reviews

Notes from the Afterlife

In his "memoir," Jack Treadwell, an avowed atheist, tells how he was astounded to find himself in heaven after he died.

". . . But it was heaven I began to imagine I was in, if only because I seemed to be standing on a rug-sized cloudlet in a sea of them extending as far as I could tell above, around, and below me. Perched on some of the closer ones were phantasmal forms resembling human figures. I looked in vain for a point of reference, a way to get my bearings. . ."

Heaven it is, but Jack has not been given a free pass. In the course of encounters with empyrean beings, historical figures, and deceased relatives and friends, he is forced to confront his life from an eternal perspective. All the while, thoughts are forming in the mind of God that may shape Jack's fate, and everyone else's.

Notes from the Afterlife: A Novel