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by Maggie O'Farrell

eBook After You'd Gone epub
  • ISBN: 0142000329
  • Author: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (February 26, 2002)
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • ePUB size: 1566 kb
  • FB2 size 1678 kb
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Maggie O’Farrell was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Wales and Scotland. PENGUIN BOOKS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Putnam In. .

Maggie O’Farrell was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Wales and Scotland. She now lives in London. After You’d Gone is her first novel. Maggie O'Farrell after you'd gone.New York, New York 10014, U . Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, Iondon WC2R ORL, England Penguin Hooks Australia UJ, 250 Camberwell Road. Camberwell, Victoria 5124.

To Alice, it was like the limbo of waiting for exam results all over again: knowing that everything now hung in someone else's hands. John was optimistic and gloomy by turns. She knew he was calling. his father and she knew he knew she knew. She also knew that the father kept his answerphone on and never returned John's calls. The weeks trickled past. It became mentioned less and less and he became more and more despondent. One night, something happened: a train passed, or the curtains were filled by a wintry draught and then pressed flat, or someone shouted.

by. O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Coma, Suicidal behavior. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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.

After You'd Gone book. Her female characters are complex and flawed and believable.

You know that rule some people have about reading 50 pages of a book and deciding whether to put it down or continue with it? Well I’m not sure if this would have made it if I were a stickler to that.

After You'd Gone is Northern Irish author Maggie O'Farrell's debut novel.

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels: After You'd Gone; My Lover's Lover; The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of.Other books by Maggie O'Farrell at BookBrowse. Membership Advantages.

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels: After You'd Gone; My Lover's Lover; The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the Costa Novel Award; and Instructions for a Heatwave, which was short-listed for the Costa Novel Award; and This Must B.

AFTER YOU'D GONE is the groundbreaking debut novel from the Costa-Award winning Maggie O'Farrell, author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM. It is a stunning, best-selling novel of wrenching love and grief

AFTER YOU'D GONE is the groundbreaking debut novel from the Costa-Award winning Maggie O'Farrell, author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM. It is a stunning, best-selling novel of wrenching love and grief. A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland.

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.
Comments: (7)
BlessСhild
It's almost impossible to believe that this is a debut novel. The writing is so good, the characters so developed and the plot so well-conceived that it appears to be the book of a mature writer. The story goes back and forth in time and, from different viewpoints, tells the story of Alice's suicide attempt and what led to it.

Alice Raikes is the only dark-haired child in a family of blonds. She is inquisitive, impulsive, environmentally-minded and has moved to London from her home in Edinburgh. She is working for an environmental agency when she meets John, a newspaper reporter with whom she falls in love. Theirs is a deep love, one that is rare and precious.

Alice's mother Ann is a difficult woman who married Ben without really loving him. For many years she has carried on an affair with another man and has just assumed that Ben knew nothing about it.

One day, Alice decides to visit Edinburgh from London and she is there scarcely ten minutes when she sees something that freaks her out. She turns around and hops on a train back to London. Once she arrives in London, she steps into traffic intentionally and is hit by a car. As she lies in a hospital ward in a coma, her story is told in both the present and the past, including her family members, their history, and the roles they played in Alice's being who she is.

The story is phenomenal. I could hardly bare to put it down. O'Farrell's grasp of human nature is right on and her descriptions often brought me to tears. This is a book for anyone loving literary fiction and drama.
Amis
I found this novel to be overlong and somewhat tedious. It started off with a bit of a conundrum and the reader had to wade through a lot of comings and goings to find out what it was all about.

I disliked the structure. There were no chapters and no clear delineation between who was the focus of the narrative at prarticular times and what was the era in which the action was taking place. That method was very disconcerting.

The main character,Alice was well enough depicted but perhaps there was a dichotomy between the earlier outgoing, vivacious, tough, strong minded character and the person who later completely fell apart.

We got tantalising glimpses into the lives and characters of Alice's mother and grandmother and her Dad was only peripheral. Very unsatisfactory.

I thought I'd never get to the end of the book and then I needed some light relief in the next novel I would read.

Brodo
Hanad
Maggie O'Farrell is a great writer, this was a really good love story. Some might call this "chick lit'" but i am a 74 year old male, former college football player, and I really liked the story, loved the writing. O'Farrell's "This Must Be the Place" is one of the top ten books I have ever read. I read it first, so I loved it more, but this is a great book too.
Bele
This is the third Maggie O'Farrell novel I've read and the best one by far. I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it and sorry I didn't get to it sooner. I've also read "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" and "The Hand That First Held Mine." This one does take a bit of time to get use to the writing style; Parts and Paragraphs, no Chapters, all blending together and mixing the thoughts and events of each of the characters. Once I adjusted to it, I liked it and felt it added to the unfolding of the story. I did not figure out beforehand what it was that Alice sees in the bathroom at the train station to upset her, and its one of many reasons to keep reading, yet when it finally comes out toward the end, its one of those "of course" moments. The Story is well told, interesting and has just enough character development to keep you going for the full 372 pages. I highly recommend this book and also suggest that you keep a box of kleenex handy.
Gathris
The story has an interesting structure, jumping between time frames, which gives the novel some pace and saves the whole from complete predictability. But both content and style disappoint. Three generations of women experience passionate love-at-first-sight romances, one ending in tragic loss. That formula spells repetition, and that’s what we get, in a double sense. Within the book it becomes a too manifest framework. Worse, the style reminds just a bit too much of the pulp novel genre, too close for comfort to cliché romantic fiction. I leafed through the pages, in the hope to get to some better parts, but it remained pretty much the same throughout.
Gavirgas
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms O’Farrell’s beautifully written Aftermath of a Heatwave. I hardly believe the same wrter is responsible for this dog’s dinner. Alice, the protagonist, is a selfish, though irresistibly beautiful, harpy. The only connection to John is plentiful sex. The eventual conflict they face, and her reaction, is unbelievable. So is the subplot of her mother’s affair. Her grandmother, Elspeth, is the only character worth reading about.
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