Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandra Dorenfield suddenly finds herself in heaven after an unfortunate encounter via a MINI Cooper. The seventh—and highest—level of heaven to be exact. Her dog, Peaches, is through her; she is reunited through her beloved grandparents; she has the wardrobe of a movie star; and also she resides in the house of her dreams following door to a handsome man. This is heaven!

But there’s a capture. Alex need to prove she led a fulfilling existence by creating an essay on the ten best days of her life—or she will certainly be demoted to a reduced level of heaven, where the clothing are last year’s layouts, the guys aren’t rather as handsome, and also, worst of all, Peaches and her household won’t be surrounding. Witty and motivating, this magnificent deyet novel dares to ask a material girl—and the rest of us—what makes life valuable.




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ADENA HALPERN composed a popular series of essays titled “The Haute Life” for the back web page of Marie Claire magazine, which reaches 3.1 million readers monthly. She is a contributing writer for Daily Variety and also has written for The New York Times. Adena earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in dramatic creating from New York University and a master of fine arts level in screencomposing from The Amerihave the right to Film Institute.


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INTRODUCTIONTwenty-nine-year-old Alexandra Dorenfield suddenly finds herself in heaven after an unfortunate enrespond to through a MINI Cooper. The seventh—and also highest—level of heaven to be specific. Her dog, Peaches, is through her; she is reunited through her beloved grandparents; she has the wardrobe of a movie star; and also she stays in the home of her desires following door to a handsome man. This is heaven!But there’s a catch. Alex have to prove she led a fulfilling presence by creating an essay on the ten finest days of her life—or she will certainly be demoted to a reduced level of heaven, where the garments are last year’s layouts, the males aren’t fairly as handsome, and also, worst of all, Peaches and her family won’t be nearby. Witty and inspiring, this divine deyet novel dares to ask a material girl—and also the rest of us—what makes life valuable.ABOUT ADENA HALPERNAdena Halpern wrote a well-known series of essays titled “The Haute Life” for the ago page of Marie Clairemagazine, which reaches 3.1 million readers monthly. She is a contributing writer for Daily Variety and also has written for The New York Times. Adena earned her bachelor of fine arts level in dramatic creating from New York College and also a grasp of fine arts degree in screenwriting from The American Film Institute. A CONVERSATION WITH ADENA HALPERNQ. Writers create what they understand. How a lot of Alex is in you?Because my first book was a memoir, I collection out to produce a character that was a lot of unfavor me for my second book. Sure, I’d love to have actually an impressive wardrobe and also eat whatever before I desire and also never before get weight, yet that’s pretty a lot all that Alex and also I have actually in common. You’d need to ask my parents, yet I think they’d say I was a pretty great boy. I absolutely never before melted dvery own a hotel room or maxed crmodify cards. The only thing I did take directly from genuine life was the truth that there really was an uncle Morris Salis, that passed away when I was twelve. Like his character, he never married; he smoked cigars and also was like a Santa Claus to my mother and me. I loved him extremely much. Since he had actually no youngsters, I believed he deoffered a tradition. Now he has actually one.Q. Do you think in an afterlife?I would certainly favor to think tright here is an afterlife. I’ve had actually a manic are afraid of death for as long as I deserve to remember. The idea of Seventh Heaven is somepoint I dreamed up a lengthy time earlier to make myself feel much better as soon as I begin thinking about my own fatality or loved ones that have died.Q. How did you come up via the concept for The Ten Best Days of My Life?I was thinking about brand-new principles for a book and my husband also asked me what the ten ideal days of my life were. I assumed around that for a 2nd and then thought, What if a character told her ten ideal days after she died? It was one of those things that hit me choose a lightning bolt. I could talk around my picture of heaven and also create a civilization wbelow someone would need to look earlier and talk about her life.Q. We understand Alex’s variation of Seventh Heaven. What’s yours?I want to be 5"6?! I’m just 5 feet tall and also I hate my elevation. I know I shouldn’t, but I perform. In my variation of Seventh Heaven, I’m 5"6?. Also, I lost a favorite ring of mine years earlier and I desire it earlier. When I arrive at my home in Seventh Heaven (many, many type of years from now) I hope that ring is in my jewelry box.Q. Why did you select to make Alex twenty-nine years old?I think twenty-nine is a very amazing age. It’s my belief that it’s the last year of being taken into consideration a child. At thirty, you sit at the adult table. It’s those years between your teens with twenty-nine once I think you have to go nuts, attempt whatever, make mistakes, and learn lessons. By the age of thirty you have to have a feeling of that you are and also what you want out of life. I think Alex was just acquiring to that allude, yet simply didn’t know it yet.Q. Okay, what were the ten ideal days of your life?The brief answer to that is every day I spfinish through my husband also.DISCUSSION QUESTIONSWhat represents a ideal day? Is it a minute in that day or the whole day itself? In your opinion, is it still a ideal day if it caused bad aftermath afterward? If you believe in heaven and/or an afterlife, exactly how execute you envision it? Is your conception of heaven based upon a particular spiritual belief? Did Adam really simply arrive in Seventh Heaven or is he one of the “perks” of living in Seventh Heaven? How would your Seventh Heaven compare to Alex’s? What would certainly be in your 4th Heaven? Now that you recognize the ins and also outs of Alex’s life, execute you think that she would certainly have gone on to lead a fulfilling life on earth? In your opinion, what constitutes a fulfilling life? When composing her letter to the “powers that be,” Alex claims, “I was nowright here near perfect (yet then aacquire, let’s challenge the facts: isn’t that what the teenage years to the finish of your twenties is all about?)” Do you agree that it takes to the start of your thirties to figure out who you are? A substantial component of The Ten Best Days of My Life deals with female relationships. Alex says, “I think that if you have actually one genuine Friend, you don"t need any backup.” Do you agree? Discuss Alex’s relationship with her parental fees. Since the story is from Alex’s suggest of view, execute you think her parents would see their connection differently? By the end of the book, carry out you think they would certainly say they spoiled Alex? Were they negative parents? Why perform you think Alex had to write the essay? Was it because “the powers that be” required to understand whether she deoffered to be there, or did they understand it and need her to realize it by writing the essay?