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Publisher's Summary

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 and marks the debut of a major literary talent.

©2000 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Very well written.

I enjoyed this book very much. It started out grabbing my attention and kept me interested until the very end. I am now a fan of Maggie O'Farrel and will look for other titles written by her.

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thank you

I've now listened to this a few times. I'd loved Hamnet and was interested to read more work by Ms. O'Farrell. this book was so compelling, so gracious and compassionate. A thousand thanks for sharing.

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Disappointing melodrama

This book was written with no happiness. Though descriptive and evocative, it strings you along in hopes that it can teach the reader something about emotions. It does not.

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Beautiful book, beautifully read

An intriguing, well-crafted, believable story. Masterful. I’m now a fan of Maggie O’Ferrell and can’t wait for her next novel.

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Stopped 1/2 way. Just could finish.

Some beautiful writing and interesting characters. The constant changes of perspective, however, had me too confused for too much of the time. Half the time I had no idea what was happening because of these sudden jerks forward and back. The frustration finally became too much and I gave up. The work of following this painfully slow unfolding story got to be so hard that I found I just didn’t care anymore. I’ll look up a synopsis to find out what happened to Alice.

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Problematic

Published in 2000, the main heterosexual relationships exhibit 1970s dynamics, with violent physical and sexual abuse left unexamined/unchallenged. Even the protagonist’s supposed “true love” is dishonest, manipulative and aggressively domineering; Alice’s strength of character repeatedly undermined by her doing the exact opposite of stated intentions during lip service attempts to stand up to his will; a toxic model presented as a love-of-a-lifetime relationship.
Too bad, because the writing is good, characters complex, story layered.

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Too jumpy for an audio book.

I should have read the reviews. I’m quitting half way thru. Wish there were “ chapter markers” or longer pauses between scenarios.