After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell

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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.

About Maggie O'Farrell

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Maggie O'Farrell is the author of After You'd Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award; My Lover's Lover; The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; and The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of a Costa Novel Award.

Author Residence: London

Author Hometown: Northern Ireland
Published February 26, 2002 by Penguin Books. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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First-time novelist O'Farrell powerfully reworks a seemingly familiar tale.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of After You'd Gone

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Like a pointillist painting, this fine debut is, from one perspective, formless--short vignettes, told from multiple points of view and in multiple voices, that are somewhat puzzling on their own and

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I've recently read (and enjoyed) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and there are similar themes - loss and grief - and part of the story being told by a character who is not present in the accepted sense of the word.

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