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.
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“It’s the depiction of…deceptively small moments that is O’Farrell’s winning gift…Her absorbing characters gracefully circle one another ‘round the room like moths at the light bulb,’ grazing their wings against life’s raw heat instead of being consumed by it.”
New York Times
About Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O’Farrell is the author of several acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestseller Hamnet, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, BookPage, and more. Her other books include After You’d Gone, winner of the Betty Trask Award; My Lover’s Lover; The Distance between Us, recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine; Instructions for a Heatwave, winner of a Costa Book Award; This Must Be the Place; and I Am, I Am, I Am. She was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Wales and Scotland and now lives in London. She has worked as a waitress, chambermaid, bike messenger, teacher, arts administrator, journalist in Hong Kong and London, and as the deputy literary editor of the London Independent on Sunday.
About Elle Newlands
Elle Newlands, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a Scottish actor and a singer-songwriter whose vocals and music have been featured in radio, commercials, film, and television in both Europe and the United States. A classically trained vocalist, she has studied voice with coaches from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, La Scala in Italy, and voice builder Gary Catona. She has shared the bill with a diverse range of musical acts in various genres including Travis, Natalie Imbruglia, and the Pointer Sisters. She has also scored and composed music for film.