After You'd Gone: A Novel (Paperback)

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The stunning, groundbreaking debut novel of wrenching love and grief from the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Portrait and National Book Circle Award Winner Hamnet

Alice Raikes takes a train from London to Scotland to visit her family, but when she gets there she witnesses something so shocking that she insists on returning to London immediately. A few hours later, Alice is lying in a coma after an accident that may or may not have been a suicide attempt. Alice's family gathers at her bedside and as they wait, argue, and remember, long-buried tensions emerge. The more they talk, the more they seem to conceal. Alice, meanwhile, slides between varying levels of consciousness, recalling her past and a love affair that recently ended. A riveting story that skips through time and interweaves multiple points of view, After You'd Gone is a novel of stunning psychological depth, marking the debut of a major literary talent.

About the Author

MAGGIE O'FARRELL was born in Northern Ireland in 1972. Her novels include Hamnet (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Women’s Prize for Fiction), After You’d Gone, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Hand That First Held Mine (winner of the Costa Novel Award), and Instructions for a Heatwave. She has also written a memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death. She lives in Edinburgh.

Praise For…

"A memorable debut and a headily promising one.... A fine novel ... a work of depth." —The Baltimore Sun

"After You'd Gone is a memorable first novel." —The Seattle Times

"Utterly beautiful ... poetic and wise ... a lovely and fully realized performance." —The Boston Globe

"O'Farrell has written a deeply elusive book, one made more mysterious, somehow, by her wonderful sense of detail." —Los Angeles Times

"While skillfully employing interwoven multiple points of view ... O'Farrell performs a traditional, old-fashioned storytelling striptease, seductively unveiling layer after layer of revelatory secrets."
The New York Times Book Review

"Beautifully written contemporary fiction." —The Sunday Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593684795
ISBN-10: 0593684796
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 15th, 2023
Pages: 400
Language: English