After Her

After Her : A Novel

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It's the summer of 1979, and a dry, hot, northern California school vacation stretches ahead for Rachel and her younger sister Patty - the daughters a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome and chronically unfaithful detective father who loves to make women happy, and the mother whose heart he broke. Left to their own devices, the inseparable sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the life of the mysterious neighbor who moves in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that rises up behind their house. When young women start showing up dead on the mountain, the girls' father is charged with finding the man responsible, known as The Sunset Strangler. Seeing her father's life slowly unravel when he fails to stop the murders, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet: setting herself up as bait to catch the killer, with consequences that will destroy her father's career and alter the lives of everyone she loves.
It is not until thirty years later that Rachel, who has never given up hope of vindicating her father, finally smokes out the killer, bringing her back to the territory of her childhood, and uncovering a long-buried family secret. As with her novel, Labor Day, Maynard's newest work is part thriller, part love story, Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County in the late seventies, her tale delves deep into the alternately thrilling and terrifying landscape of a young girl's first explorations of adult sexuality and the loss of innocence, the bond between sisters - and into a daughter's tender but damaged relationship with her father, and what it is to finally trust a man.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 348g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • International ed.
  • 006229184X
  • 9780062291844
  • 543,341

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"[Maynard] weav(es) a knotty tale of family secrets, told in the alternating voices of her likable main characters." -- Entertainment Weekly on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "The Good Daughters shows Maynard's strengths once again--particularly in vivid descriptions of farm life, geographies, and relationships of all kinds. Passions and psychological changes in a character over time ring most true." -- Providence Journal "Absorbing." -- More Magazine on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "An evocative story ... [Maynard] consistently brings emotional authenticity to the long arc of her characters' lives and to the joy and loss they experience. A profoundly moving chronicle of the primacy of family connection." -- Booklist on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "An impressive writer...with a fine sense of time, of place, of humor." -- Buffalo News on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "Exquisite ... [A] beautifully written book." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE GOOD DAUGTHERS "In addition to being a beautiful and engaging story, Maynard deftly captures Dana's struggle to come to terms with her sexuality in the midst of her family's instability. And her relationship with Clarice is one of the strongest in the novel. Highly recommended. " -- on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "Maynard is a clever storyteller." -- Seattle Times on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "Maynard's spare prose packs a rich emotional punch...a can't put-it-down mystery." -- People on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "Vividly rendered." -- Tampa Tribune on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS "[The] story is moving and fast-moving, affirming Maynard's reputation as a master storyteller and showing her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart... Maynard illuminates the human experience." -- People (Four Stars) "an uplifting story told by a boy who is just beginning to understand what life is all about." -- St. Petersburg Times "Labor Day is suffused with tenderness, dreaminess and love...first and foremost a page-turner...[it] puts back together the world that it definitely need to get a box of tissues." -- Newsday "Dazzling." -- Jules Siegel, San Francisco Chronicle on At Home in the World "It is a testament to Maynard's skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale." -- Washington Post "Part family reminiscence, part girl detective story, After Her combines the intimacy of one teen's coming-of-age with the suspense of a serial killer mystery. With warmth and redeeming humor, Joyce Maynard delivers the terror and confusion of adolescence." -- Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels and The Speed Queen "Joyce Maynard's latest novel, After Her, is a suspenseful page-turning mystery, but even more compelling is her memorable portrait of a thirteen-year-old girl and the complicated world she shares with her sister; the intricate details of their life are sometimes hilarious, often heartbreaking, and always endearing." -- Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life on AFTER HER "Passionate, profound, and as stunning as a sparking live wire coming slowly and irrevocably toward you, Maynard's latest is nothing short of a masterpiece." -- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow "Though you will be tempted, try not to turn the pages of this complex thriller too fast: you will miss a tender elegy, an evocative coming-of-age story, and a tribute to the enduring bonds of sisterhood." -- Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love on AFTER HER "An affecting portrait of the relationship between a father and his daughters." -- Booklist on AFTER HER "Maynard writes great characters and craft a story that will not let you go." -- on AFTER HER "[F]ar from a simple whodunit... [Maynard] deftly conveys that we are never truly safe, but that we can't let fear stand in the way of our becoming who we want to be." -- Real Simple on AFTER HER "Veteran novelist Joyce Maynard has returned with a coming of age story woven into a serial killer investigation that is both evocative and captivating." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer on AFTER HER "Loosely based on the "Trailside Killer" slayings of the 1970s, the story jumps from history into a many-layered exploration of sibling bonds and innocence." -- San Jose Mercury News on AFTER HER "After Her is a masterful piece of storytelling with bits of humor to offset the suspenseful emotions." -- Shelf Awareness on AFTER HER "After Her is an excellent novel, dealing deftly and tenderly with a young girl's coming of age and loss of innocence, presenting us with characters as great and as flawed as the people we see every day. Here we have a great author writing at the top of her form." -- on AFTER HER
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About Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, radio commentator, and syndicated columnist, as well as the author of six novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into eleven languages. Her previous novel Labor Day is being adapted for film by Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman. She makes her home in Mill Valley, California.
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8,855 ratings
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4 39% (3,455)
3 32% (2,811)
2 9% (821)
1 3% (236)
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