After by Claire Tristram, another pen name I use, was a novel originally published in 2005 with Farrar Straus & Giroux. It’s the story of two people damaged by acts of war and terrorism, and how they come together to try to heal one another. It does not go well. I first wrote a version of this novel in the wake of 9/11. The novel is relentlessly, deliberately dark. I had all rights reverted to me a few months ago, and since then I’ve spent some time with this story, making subtle revisions that I’ve always wanted to make but that I ran out of time for, the first time it was published. The differences are subtle but they make me happy. The story line is similar enough to the original printed version that I didn’t feel it was wrong to retain the same title. This novel has been a sometime-favorite for people writing doctoral dissertations but I don’t think I’ve changed enough to get in the way of their interpretations.
Ok. A few words about After as a reading experience. I can’t honestly recommend my own book for people who loved The Book of Dog by Lark Benobi, or who like their books full of cheer…because After is not cheerful. When this novel first came out it got a lot of enraged reviews.
BUT if you ever find yourself in the mood for a harsh relentless read, maybe something to go with a certain, raging-at-the-world kind of mood that you wake up with one day, I can recommend After for that! No ebook yet but if you can’t afford the going price feel free to ping me and I’ll send you a PDF.,
(the cover photo, by the way, is taken at oceanside, on a cloudy day, during a total eclipse)