After You'd Gone

After You'd Gone

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780142000328
0142000329
9780670894482
0670894486
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 24 cm

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ownedbydoxies
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.

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uncommonreader
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.

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amand_a
Feb 06, 2013

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

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cheriemoses
Oct 12, 2011

Great story and beautifully written.

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