After You’d Gone

After You’d Gone

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Series: Favorite books of 2021
ASIN: 0747268169

This was another book where I read the final paragraph and turned back to the beginning to read it again. I'm working my way through Maggie O'Farrell's backlist, and this, her 2000 debut, may be my favorite of her older works. Told from multiple points of view, in multiple timelines, it took me a few chapters to find my footing, but once I did I blew through this compelling mix of love story, mystery, and compelling family saga. You should know that terrible, seemingly random tragedies beset characters in O'Farrell's novels, yet in her plots these surprising turns don't feel cheap, <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/things-unsaid/" target="_blank"> but all too true to our own real life experiences</a>. (As one character muses, "Why isn't life better designed so it warns you when terrible things are about to happen?")

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