After You'd Gone

After You'd Gone

A Novel

Book - 2000
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"I am more than happy to welcome a newcomer, Maggie O'Farrell, who, to quote Yeats, 'has learnt her trade.' After You'd Gone is beautifully written contemporary fiction." --Edna O'Brien, Sunday TimesA young woman named Alice Raikes boards a train to Scotland to visit her family. But when she arrives, she witnesses something so shocking that she insists on returning to London that very minute. Only a few hours later, Alice is lying in a coma after an accident that may or may not have been a suicide attempt.With Alice's life hanging in the balance, her family gathers at her bedside. As they wait, argue, and remember, long-buried tensions rise to the surface. The more they talk, the more, it seems, they conceal from each other. Alice, meanwhile, sliding between different levels of consciousness, recalls her past and a recent love affair. Skipping around in time, knitting together the different points of view with astonishing dexterity and beautiful prose, Maggie O'Farrell has created a story of love and family relationships that is reminiscent of the very best of Edna O'Brien and Mary Gordon. With one of the most heart-stopping openings in modern fiction, After You'd Gone is a work of extraordinary psychological depth and impressive maturity.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking : 2000
ISBN: 9780670894482
Branch Call Number: FIC OFar
Characteristics: 372p


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May 10, 2018

This is an absolutely wonderful book. It's so funny in some parts (when John and Alice are first getting to know each other) and so heart-wrenchingly sad in others. What one person catches a glimpse of in the train station at Edinburgh, ricochets through her life, the life of her mother and tests the family relationships with sisters and others. Fine, lyrical writing. This is a book I'd definitely read again.

Jun 16, 2014

This is a novel about love and loss. It is told from several perspectives, in non-sequential time-frames. It verges on but never indulges in melodrama and is very well-written.

Feb 06, 2013

This book is so sad, best book I've read in years.

Oct 12, 2011

Great story and beautifully written.

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