After You'd Gone

After You'd Gone

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Description

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 313g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0142000329
  • 9780142000328
  • 365,653

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Review quote

"It's the depiction of . . . deceptively small moments that is O'Farrell's winning gift. . . . Her absorbing characters gracefully circle one another 'round the room like moths at the light bulb, ' grazing their wings against life's raw heat instead of being consumed by it." --The New York Times Book Review "After You'd Gone is beautifully written contemporary fiction." --The Sunday Times
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About Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell's debut novel, After You'd Gone, won a Betty Trask Award and earned her a spot on the "21 great talents for the 21st century" list compiled by the Orange Prize for Fiction panel.
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Rating details

7,695 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 32% (2,491)
4 41% (3,120)
3 21% (1,641)
2 4% (334)
1 1% (109)
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