After the Fall by Kylie Ladd

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“That’s the thing about falling.  It doesn’t go on indefinitely, and it rarely ends well . . . ”
 
In her page-turning fiction debut, neuropsychologist Kylie Ladd delivers a searing portrait of two marriages united and betrayed by friendship.
 
“I had been married three years when I fell in love,” begins Kate, a firecracker of a woman who thought she’d found the yin to her yang in Cary, her sensible and adoring husband.  For their friend Luke—a charismatic copywriter who loves women and attention in equal measure, and preferably together—life has been more than sweet beside Cressida, the dutiful pediatric oncologist who stole his heart.  But when a whimsical flirtation between Kate and Luke turns into something far more dangerous, the foursome will be irrevocably intertwined by more than just their shared history. 
 
After the Fall follows the origin and fallout of the most passionate of affairs through the eyes of all four characters, unveiling the misunderstandings and unspoken needs that lie beneath our search for love and connection.  The narrative moves effortlessly between past and present, painting a nostalgic picture of the two marriages at their most idealistic—the exact moment when like turned to love—and at their most volatile.  Thanks to the boundless compassion with which Ladd draws her characters, one can’t help but root for them as they wrestle between newfound desire and remembrances of time past, all the while spinning toward an inevitable conclusion.
 
Steeped in psychological insight and raw emotion, After the Fall is an unsettling novel of the many ways we love and hurt each other.


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About Kylie Ladd

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KYLIE LADD's writings have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Reader's Digest, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. She holds a Ph.D. in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. After the Fall is her first novel. www.kylieladd.com
 
Published June 9, 2010 by Doubleday. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ladd, a neuropsychologist who makes her home in Australia, takes on adultery and its consequences in this accomplished debut novel about a successful circle of young Melbourne residents and the collapse of their relationships.

Apr 09 2011 | Read Full Review of After the Fall

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After the Fall captures all the excitement and thrill of an affair, the pain of love gone wrong, and the commitment required to make a relationship work.

Jun 15 2010 | Read Full Review of After the Fall

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