After You'd Gone

by Maggie O'Farrell | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747268169 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcrimson-tidewing of Balingup, Western Australia Australia on 1/28/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, January 28, 2018
In London, one cold day in late autumn, Alice Raikes impulsively boards a train home to Scotland. Shortly after joining her two sisters in the Edinburgh train station, she sees something "odd and unexpected" in the station's restroom that causes her to immediately flee back to London. Later that evening, while walking to the grocers, Alice broods over what she has seen, then abruptly steps into oncoming traffic. As she lies comatose in her hospital bed, a swirl of voices and images gradually reveals her past - her parents, especially her mother, Ann; her beloved grandmother, Elspeth; her two sisters, so unlike her, both physically and temperamentally; and John Friedman, whom she loved and lost - and hints at her precarious future.

Told from multiple perspectives, moving between first and third person (and occasionally second) and shifting seemingly randomly across time frames and settings, the story and characters initially didn't draw me in. But stick with it as eventually all the elements come together and form a moving portrait of a young woman together with her relationships and her family.

As a debut novel it's impressive: a well written, poignant and insightful look at love, loss and grief.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (1/29/2018 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia


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Journal Entry 3 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Friday, February 09, 2018
It's here, along with it's friend! Thank you crimson-tide :)

Journal Entry 4 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
An enjoyable read, as most Maggie O'Farrell books are. Her characters are always well drawn and very believable.

Released 6 mos ago (6/30/2019 UTC) at Bench outside Whitianga library in Whitianga, Waikato-Coromandel New Zealand


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