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.