After You'd Gone

After You'd Gone

Book - 2000
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A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland. Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London, where a traffic accident leaves her in a coma.

AFTER YOU'D GONE follows Alice's mental journey into how she came to be this way, as she twists together threads of memory in a plot that grips from the outset. It is a love story which is also a story of absence - we discover that Alice's lover, John, has been dead for a year by the time the book starts - and of parental legacies: how actions and choices can reverberate in following generations. Slowly, we are drawn closer to a dark secret at the family's heart, as Alice begins to wonder whether she will ever be whole again, or even survive.

Publisher: London : Review, 2000
ISBN: 9780747271109
Branch Call Number: FIC/O'Farr 359402 1
Characteristics: 372 p
Alternative Title: After you had gone


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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. 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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