Author: Julie Cohen
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 2, 2017
Genres: General Fiction, Women's Fiction
Format: eBook, ARC
Source: St. Martin's Press, NetGalley
Book Rating: 8.5/10
From the author who brought you Dear Thing, Julie Cohen, comes After the Fall — a poignant, beautifully heartbreaking novel about what it means to be family, the ties that bind us, and the secrets that threaten to tear us apart.
When an unfortunate accident forces Honor back into the lives of her widowed daughter-in-law, Jo, and her only granddaughter, Lydia, she cannot wait to be well enough to get back to her own home. However, the longer she stays with Jo and Lydia, the more they start to feel like a real family. But each of the three women is keeping secrets from the others that threaten to destroy the lives they’ve come to know.
Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.
Jo’s secret could destroy the “normal” family life she’s fought so hard to build and maintain.
Lydia’s secret could bring her love―or the loss of everything that matters most to her.
One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will be forced out in the open in a single dramatic moment that leaves them all asking: is there such a thing as second chances?
Thought-provoking, reflective and deeply moving!
This is an intriguing novel that emphasizes the enduring mental and emotional anguish that can be caused by underlying grief, secrets, guilt, family dynamics, sexuality struggles, friendship and loneliness and emphasizes the importance of acceptance, closure, forgiveness and love.
The prose is expressive and clear. The characters are consumed, troubled, wounded and real. And the character-driven plot interweaves the lives of these three generations of women as they learn to cope, survive, support and love each other unconditionally.
This truly is an absorbing, emotional novel that is incredibly captivating and will tug at your heartstrings from start to finish.
This is the first novel I have ever read from Julie Cohen but I can tell you it definitely won’t be my last.
This novel is due to be published on May 2, 2017.
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Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.