Jan 3, 2011


After You'd Gone is about a woman in a coma remembering pieces of her life in a scrambled order.  It also tells snippets of her mother's and grandmother's lives.  The books jumps all over the place - perspectives, timelines, first person to third person narratives - it's a total modge podge.  And it really works.

I really liked how the layers of the story unfurl.  Even though you know some big stuff at the beginning, there's still revelations tucked in throughout the novel.  I loved the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that the mother's character is revealed.  I was less pleased by how the main character's portrayed as irresistabley attractive to every single man she meets - in what world is that realistic?

Overall, it was a very satisfying read.  I give it a 7.

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