The groundbreaking debut novel from Maggie O'Farrell, AFTER YOU'D GONE is a stunning, best-selling story of wrenching love and grief. A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland.
Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London. AFTER YOU'D GONE follows Alice's mental journey through her own past, after a traffic accident has left her in a coma.
A love story that is also a story of absence, and of how our choices can reverberate through the generations, it slowly draws us closer to a dark secret at a family's heart.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 05/04/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747268161
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Review by southpaw
Definitely her best work. The descriptions of personal loss and emotional rawness in this novel are magnificent.
Review by amanaceerdh
Alice steps,off the curb into traffic and ends up in a coma? Was she trying to kill herself? The story unfolds through members of her family! Made me cry!!!
Review by PeterT
Unsettling - uplifting, depressing, insightful. If you are living a comfortable, complacent life without deep emotion or purpose then this book may make you wonder whether you should be doing something more ... or maybe stable mediocrity is less risky? I knew by page 80 that I would finish it - and the further in I got the more engaged I became.
Review by whirled
An intriguing premise - after witnessing an unsettling sight while on a visit home, young journalist Alice Raikes returns to London, steps into the path of oncoming traffic and ends up in a coma. In unraveling the events leading up to Alice's current predicament, O'Farrell switches (sometimes with jarring frequency) between different aspects of the Raikes family's history. Overall, <i>After You'd Gone</i> is a light and entertaining read, but the major plot twist isn't properly concealed and the dialogue has a B-grade, soap opera feel to it.
Review by wandering_star
very well-written - but too much happens to the main character - cut the story back slightly and it would have been a lot better.
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