Shep Knacker has long saved for The Afterlife: an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with talking, thinking, seeing, and being and enough sleep. When he sells his business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it s never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he s leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her. Just returned from a doctor s appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can t go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep s nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain. So Much for That follows the profound transformation of a marriage, and Shriver delivers a compelling novel that presses the question: How much is one life worth?"