4.02 (6,744 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$16.99

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


A riveting portrait of life after abuse from an award-winning novelist.
Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father s fist), $3.84, and a secret.
He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can t make him forget what he left behind his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.
At least so far.
Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. Award-winning novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens "after." After you ve said enough, after you ve run, after you ve made the split how do you begin to live again? Readers won t be able to put this intense page-turner down."
show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 164 x 216 x 28mm | 386g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0375863400
  • 9780375863400
  • 655,600

Review quote

Review, Booklist, January 1, 2010
A nuanced and mournful work; Avasthi is a writer to watch.
Review, Publishers Weekly, ""January 25, 2010:
gripping and heartbreaking. "Publishers Weekly"
Review, School Library Journal, March 2010:
raw and intimate, dramatic and poetic. " " "School Library Journal"
Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010:
This taut, complex family drama depicts abuse unflinchingly but focuses on healing, growth and learning to take responsibility for one s own anger. "Kirkus Reviews""
show more

About Swati Avasthi

Swati Avasthi teaches creative writing and is working toward her MFA at the University of Minnesota, where she received a grant to complete "Split." She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two children.
show more

Rating details

6,744 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 36% (2,439)
4 39% (2,605)
3 19% (1,280)
2 4% (303)
1 2% (117)

Our customer reviews

Jace has driven across the country and arrives at his older brother's doorstep. He's had enough of his father's beatings and wants to make an escape like Christian did. Christian's built a new life for himself, complete with his own apartment, a good job, and a girlfriend. Taking Jace in is not part of his plans, but he can't turn him away. Jace settles in at school and keeps busy with soccer and working at a bookstore. He's even found an ally in Mirriam, his brother's girlfriend. It seems like Jace is heading for the life he's always wanted. However, it's harder to leave the past behind than he'd thought. Jace is haunted by something he did before he left, and his mother is still in the house with his father. Together, Jace and Christian promise to take her in as well, as soon as she can get out. Is it easier said than done? Will this family be complete again - and can they move on to the future? I finished this novel in one day because I needed to know how it ended! What a fabulous first novel, and I hope that Ms. Avasthi has more in the works.show more
by TeensReadToo
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X