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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kylie Ladd Narrator: Anne Flosnik, John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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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  • “Vivid language makes each page a joy to read.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/16/2014

    " what a fascinating fictional portrayal of betrayal, hurt, deception, pain and the many facets of marriage and adultery! it was sad and yet had moments that made you smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/9/2014

    " I was excited to read this boom based on all of the good reviews, and it was a topic that I hadn't read about in a long time (i.e. extramarital affair). But, to be honest, it didn't live up to my expectations. I think the book did a decent job covering all of the various perspectives of those involved in the affair (i.e. the 2 in the affair, their spouses, and their various friends). It also did a good job covering the emotions (i.e. emotional and physical) of those entering into an affair (i.e. WHY they might enter into an affair, even when they're happy in their marriage). And then the book covers the obvious danger of an affair, and how it can play out over time. But for me, it didn't have the "page turner" aspect that I was hoping for that other reviewers wrote about... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cori Farris | 2/3/2014

    " I kinda liked this book. About two happily married couples who are friends and then the wife of one couple falls for the husband of the other. It made me somewhat sympathetic to their dilemna. Also, how the book ended was pretty neat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanie | 1/28/2014

    " Wow, what a book! An affair amongst friends! Things seem to go their way for awhile but as it turns out they were caught!Sometimes you can recover from a "fall" but sometimes you have to make the best out of the solution. Was a good read. first-read winner #6 "

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About the Author

Kylie Ladd is a freelance writer whose essays and articles have appeared in the Age, Etchings, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, Good Medicine, and Readers Digest, among others. She is coauthor of Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias and coeditor of Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity. She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and continues to work in public and private practice in this field. Ladd lives in Melbourne, Australia.