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Final Arrangements: A Novel

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Ever since his parents' funeral, Casey Kight felt a comfort and ease among morticians that he knew no where else in the world. He decided right then, at the age of nine, what he wanted to be when he grew undertaker. The day he turned twenty-one, Casey joined the ranks of Morton-Albright, a family owned and operated mortuary, in the small Florida town of Angel Shoal ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 15th 2002)
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I picked this book up because I am systematically reading through my public library's fiction shelves. I don't read the back jacket, I don't do any research, I just put six books in my bag, by six different authors and head to the front desk. Then, each book gets 50 pages (enough for one evening) if I like it, I keep going. If I don't, back to the library it goes. Something should be said about this book when I checked what page I was on, and how far I had to go, and I was on page 75. VERY.GOOD. ...more
A young boy whose parents are killed in a plane crash is comforted at the funeral home. When he tells the funeral director he wants to work there, he's told to return when he's 21. He does return on his 21st birthday, is taken on as an apprentice, & adopted into the family of the family-owned & family-operated business, who quickly recognize his gift for the work. He falls in love with the director's daughter & gets involved in an effort to save the family-owned business from the evi ...more
Won't rate this because it was several years ago, but I remember it fondly, so I must have enjoyed it. Vague memories of being impressed/intrigued by all the details of the mortuary business and also that it is quite funny. Will recommend it to someone wants an offbeat, fun read.
I read this book because I've worked in the funeral service industry and wanted to see if the author gave true descriptions of the business. He did! Plus I found myself laughing out loud because of all the antics that go on. If you want to see the lighter side of funeral service pick this up.
This will sound strange but this is a respectful, and hysterical novel about the funeral home business.
Who knew working in a funeral home could be so mysterious and funny?
Young man goes to work for a funeral home and the strange family who owns it.
Margaret M.
The author's knowledge of the old-school family-owned funeral parlor puts an slightly gritty edge to a hilarious narrative. I found myself laughing aloud on several chapters. I need a laugh lately.
Loni Arnold-wade
I enjoyed reading this fast read, it was interesting and humorous. The characters are quite like able. There are dark parts and it can get quite graphic when discussing how a body is cared for after death (fictionally). Seems more non fiction than fiction in that topic. For the writers first book he did well, if he writes another I would read it.
Oct 25, 2011 Elaine marked it as started-reading-but-didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
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Dealing with the dead and a sense of humor.

Much of the book is funny. Some is a bit off such as with "the presence." And Natalie. She's a bit off as well. I think after she was introduced, the book went down hill from there.
Jul 04, 2008 Will marked it as to-read
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Funny book about a guy whose lifelong dream is to become a mortician.
Different. Not bad, not good.
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