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Publisher's Summary

“A stellar debut ... about an unconventional family, fear, hatred, violence, chasing love, losing it and finding it again just when we need it most.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Winner of The Costa Book Award • “A wonder ... [This book] teems with real, Trinidadian life.” (Claire Adam, award-winning author of Golden Child)

Semi-Finalist for The OCM Bocas Prize • One of the Best Books of the Summer: Time The Guardian Goop Women’s Day LitHub

After Betty Ramdin’s husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo. Over time, the three become a family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment.

Solo flees Trinidad for New York to carve out a lonely existence as an undocumented immigrant, and Mr. Chetan remains the singular thread holding mother and son together. But soon, Mr. Chetan’s own burdensome secret is revealed, with heartbreaking consequences. Love After Love interrogates love and family in all its myriad meanings and forms, asking how we might exchange an illusory love for one that is truly fulfilling.

In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.

©2020 Ingrid Persaud (P)2020 Random House Audio
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic Reviews

"Named after one of the Caribbean's most famous poems, Love After Love is a perfect storm of a book, written in the wake of the groundbreaking Jason Jones LGBT win in 2018. If you want to understand the cultural complexities of a contemporary Caribbean island life, read this novel. Persaud deftly weaves together harsh realities of an island state still struggling with a brutal past. But while this book is dark, it’s funny too; it crackles with the language and wordplay that is the everyday picong spoken on the island. This is a formidable debut by an emerging writer who understands her subject, the island of Trinidad, with all its contrariness, a place where it is still, for some, a hard place to openly love another.” (Monique Roffey, award-winning author of Archipelago and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle)

“Restless, heartbreaking, and intensely spellbinding, Love After Love will stay with you long after the last page.” (André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name)

Love After Love is gift after gift. An unforgettable symphony of love and loss, heartache and guilt, and the secrets and lies that pull us together, and tear us apart. Dazzlingly told in the most electrifying prose you will read all year.” (Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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Great book

TRIGGER WARNING: this book discusses domestic violence, suicide attempts, self-harm, and violence on homosexuality.

This book brought out different emotions for me. I was ticked off at the son and his reactions to his mother. I didn’t like how he treated her after he found out her secret. I enjoyed reading about the different culture (Trinidad). The characters flowed smoothly. I recommend to all ages.

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Outstanding

This is one of my new favorite books. Great story but a heartbreaker. I usually hate it when the author reads the book but Ingrid was perfect.

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Beautiful story.

Love the characters and the story. It was beautiful written and a lovely story. I loved it.

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This is life

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Made me laugh and cry. I am usually turned off by some of the voices but this was narrated excellently. The different persons and personalities came through and that authentic Trini accent made me feel like I was in Trinidad.

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Beautiful story

This was such a beautiful well written story. I felt every word in this book. An amazing story of love and lost. I highly recommend this book.

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Memories

I loved loved this book. Very authentic and brought so many memories of life back home and family. The short time I spent in Trinidad was brought alive again through the story telling. Beautifully written, funny, heartbreaking…all at the same time. Betty and her sayings reminded me so much of my mother and all of her wise and old sayings.

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An absolutely wonderful book!

The author’s narration makes really brings this lovely book to life.
It’s a terrific, though quite sad at times story, with characters often flawed, but thoroughly lovable.
So glad I found this gem.

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A Book I Can Connect With

Wow. surprising storyline, and overall phenomenal read. The culture, Solo’s travel to Queens, and Mr. Chetan’s storyline were all things I connected with, and I was not disappointed. The way the story branches out was so surprising... but to me it wasn’t too far from unrealistic- it made sense. I am awed Ms. Ingrid Persaud. Love the narration, from the superb use of colloquialisms even to the onomatopoeias.

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A story of family

So well written and beautifully narrated. It’s rare to find an author who is also an excellent reader. This is a wonderful story of family. I loved the characters.

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Not for the sensitive on social issues, that being said Oh My Goodness Excellent!
The narrator did an amazing job.
The story is heart warming, captivating and heartbreaking all at the same time.
It really held my attention that I kept going back to it over the days and weeks until I finished it.
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