The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

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The Aftermath is an entertaining blend of romance, history and suspense, one to which Brook’s style is perfectly suited: it’s sturdy, stripped down with the just the right amount of gnarled beauty poking through the cracks.
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Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.
 
But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
 
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.

 

About Rhidian Brook

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Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television and film. His debut novel, "The Testimony of Taliesin Jones," won three prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, and was made into a film. His numerous stories have appeared in "Paris Review" and "New Statesman," and he has written for the "Observer," the "Guardian" and the "Daily Telegraph.
 
Published September 17, 2013 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Adam Mars-Jones on Jun 01 2013

For the reader the problem isn't the absence of explosions but something less easily remedied, a lack of subtlety. There's a sense of missed opportunity, with a promising situation thinly developed.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Gerard Woodward on May 31 2013

The strength of this novel lies in its superb management of the various lines of narrative tension, alongside a painfully clear portrait of Germany in defeat, conjuring surprise after surprise...

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on May 24 2013

The Aftermath is an entertaining blend of romance, history and suspense, one to which Brook’s style is perfectly suited: it’s sturdy, stripped down with the just the right amount of gnarled beauty poking through the cracks.

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