The Shop Before Life

"Who will you become?"

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Also by Neil Hughes...

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Incredibly creative in its scope, premise, and storytelling.

A delightful blend of humor, wit, and imagination, The Shop Before Life seeks to answer the universe’s greatest existential mysteries with humanity and heart.
Judge, 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

After two happy centuries in the prelife, Faythe is battling the most dangerous human emotion.

She's bored.


But when she accepts a once-in-a-prelifetime opportunity to become Apprentice at the Shop Before Life, her days become dreadfully interesting.

Now she helps customers choose a unique combination of traits from the countless options available at the Shop Before Life.

Will they be born on Earth as MATHEMATICALLY GIFTED? Or perhaps EASILY IRRITATED or DELIGHTED BY CATS?

Some jars of traits

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5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Original, delightful, and humorous, The Shop Before Life is a breath of fresh air... a unique story that is captivating, enjoyable, quirky, and fun.
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But Faythe has questions of her own. Like—what exactly is in these jars of magical personality traits? And who is the mysterious Supplier who creates them?

Unfortunately, these questions could awaken an ancient conflict and perhaps even destroy the Shop itself.

They should maybe mention that sort of thing during orientation.

Management are going to be furious when they find out, but Faythe’s divine punishment must wait. She's got to race to discover the secrets of the Shop—and hope they'll be enough to save it.

Because if she fails, nobody will become themselves ever again...

art courtesy of Paul Corfield

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I think we finally have that next magical book we’ve been waiting for. The Shop Before Life has that sparkle, an utterly unique storyline, and clever thoughts to fill our heads. It was the best book I’ve read in a long time!Renee, goodreads.com

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