How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper
Andrew has a depressing job. He searches for the next of kin for those who die alone. Searching the homes of the departed trying to find a return address on an envelope, anything, that will lead to a relative or a person who cared. When he is unsuccessful he attends their funerals himself so they aren’t alone. When Peggy joins the office and is assigned to shadow him Andrew is no longer alone at the job and he may finally be making a real friend.
I know this doesn’t sound like a very uplifting book but stick with me a second, it really is. Everyone at the office thinks he goes home to his wife and two children. But he doesn’t. A horrible interview misunderstanding led to everyone thinking he has the perfect family and home. He never corrected them that he lives alone with his train sets, online chat rooms and dingy apartment. When the boss decides it would be a great idea to have everyone on the team host dinner at their house in the next few months everyone is thrilled except Andrew. How will he be able to admit his lies? Will his job survive? Will his friendship with Peggy?
This is essentially a romantic comedy that does take some dark turns but has a lot of heart. As the book’s tagline says: It’s never too late to start living.