After You'd Gone PDF Ç After You'd PDF \

After You'd Gone PDF Ç After You'd PDF \

After You'd Gone ➣ [Epub] ➝ After You'd Gone By Maggie OFarrell ➭ – 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 Raikes takes a train from London to Scotland to visit her family but when she gets After You'd PDF \ 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 they talk the 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.

10 thoughts on “After You'd Gone

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    From the beginning I wanted to know what the awful thing was that Alice sees that causes her to leave Scotland so abruptly after just arriving for a family visit She’s in a coma after being hit by a car as she reflects back on her life her loves her family as she grieves a loss The narrative moves back and forth from past to present from first to third person and the reflections are not just Alice’s Maggie O’Farrell does this phenomenal thing by moving back and forth between different points of views different times reminding me of her later books There are no real breaks for the different time frames and points of view They are blended on the same page It’s like putting together the pieces of a puzzle and I’m amazed that for me there is never confusion Relationships are often times complex families many times have secrets that don’t always make life easy especially when trying to keep the secrets from others in the family There always seems to be secrets in her novels and this creates for a little suspense a lot of tension between the characters and wonderful character studies It’s heartbreaking at times and my heart was with Alice as she forges her way through relationships with her mother her grandmother her best friend and John the man she falls totally in love with I’ve spent most of December reading books of some of my favorite authors that I just hadn’t gotten around to and this was one of them Its Maggie O’Farrell’s debut novel and had I read this before her later novels I would have thought that this was a writer I would watch for One to read in 2019

  2. Debbie Debbie says:

    I could probably read O’Farrell’s grocery list and be mesmerized—I just can’t keep my eyes off her words They make me relaxed and excited at the same time This is the fourth book I’m read of hers in the past couple of months which says something because I like to sit down with a variety of writers Once in a blue moon I’ll read two books by the same author in a year but no In her other books O’Farrell makes these gigantic run on lists telling us what’s happening I just love that style She doesn’t do that in this debut novel however but I can see why this book set off her career She knows how to reel you in right awayBehold her first sentence “The day she would try to kill herself she realized winter was coming again”I don’t know about you but I was all ears pronto like Besides a sentence that slays me everything else is right too Her language is beauteous the plot is tight the atmosphere is vivid And the best part for me are the hefty characters and their thoughtsMost of the airtime goes to Alice a young woman in love although we also hear about her grandmother and mother I like everything to be a surprise for the reader so I’m just going to say that the book is about love grief and a secret Oh O’Farrell and her secrets Here is Alice’s secret which sets up the mystery at the beginning of the book “she saw something so odd and unexpected and sickening that it was as if she’d glanced in the mirror to discover that her face was not the one she thought she had” Okay zap you’ve got me Ms Maggie You have me right in the palm of your hand as usual We don’t find out what Alice saw until the end of the book which could have pissed me off But the story is so damn interesting I waited patiently The ride there was worth the price of admissionO’Farrell’s style is uniue She seamlessly mixes up time periods and types of narration often right in the middle of a page with no hint that you’re going into another universe I’ve seen this in all the books of hers I’ve read; I’d say it’s her signature She does it brilliantly weaving several stories together with ease and keeping up the intensity of each storyline I feel like she has some sort of writing trick up her sleeve The changes are abrupt yet your mind makes the switch lickety split Sometimes the point of view changes and the type of narration too while everyone is in a room together so we get to see the action from multiple people in multiple ways All very skillfully done I’ve shoved this book into the hands of lovers of linear and they’ve liked the book despite their need for seuentialThere were two things that screamed “debut” First occasionally thank god only occasionally there’s a self conscious creative writing class sentence like this one “The vibrations of Annie’s strenuous efforts travelled across the table and up the twin violin bow bones of Alice’s forearms to reverberate in her cranium”Oh come on Really? Good thing I’m already a big fan or that sentence might have sent me running I’m betting O’Farrell worked a long time on that sentence Personally I think she should have killed this little darling like any good writing manual would urgeThe other thing the debut detector turned up A logistical mess that happened right at the beginning We’re at a train station with Alice her two sisters and two small kids Was one kid holding a hand the whole time? The hand of which sister? Who had the baby? The group hug with three sisters and two kids—hard to picture I had to read it several times My mind couldn’t see it because it was a blob of an interaction and I couldn’t untangle it or the bodies trying to hug each other The editor must have been snoozing But the good news is that it was an isolated incidentI’ve seen some reviewers call this chick lit but I beg to differ For one thing I had to look up many words—you don’t often find killer vocabulary in chick lit Plus O’Farrell’s plots are intricate complicated and interwoven also something you don’t often find in chick lit This is not to say I don’t like chick lit—I do I just think of this as literary fiction is allA silly aside—I know I shouldn’t go by appearances but I do sometimes That “you’d” in the book title bugs the hell out of me It’s not just visual though; I don’t like the sound either—it’s too deep sounding and mean It rhymes with “booed”—maybe that’s my problem Plus I don’t like contracting the word “had” Never have never will It just sounds wrong and I cringe every time I see the titleThis book is comfortable and entertaining It’s not as wonderful as I Am I Am I Am or The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox but it’s a good read O’Farrell fans won’t be disappointed I doubt I’ll remember the details of the story like I will with Esme but the book soothed me It got me through the Kavanaugh week

  3. Jaline Jaline says:

    In praise of this novel and writer Colum McCann wrote ”A psychological meditation on the issues of family and love written in crisp clear unadorned prose Maggie O’Farrell is certainly a voice to look out for” Prophetic words indeed as we all now know This was Maggie O’Farrell’s first novel published in 2000 In the Author’s Notes at the end she describes how this book started with a couple of paragraphs and was written piecemeal over a period of a few years while holding down what jobs she could during a recession She also describes how it grew and grew until it was huge and cumbersome and how she was fortunate to find people who helped her shape it – with solid guidance and scissorsFor any novel this one is excellent; for a debut it is outstanding We experience first hand the troubles and trials of three generations of a family struggling to make their way as families do Making mistakes compounding errors by trying to cover them up; being exposed by who and how they love; the raw and unrelenting pains of loss; and the ways that families push each other out of their lives with one hand versus the need and drive to draw them closer with the otherThis is my first Maggie O’Farrell read and it will definitely not be my last I have had several of her novels on my eReader for some time and cannot believe that I have not read them sooner After the moving and elouently raw writing of this first one I am eager to explore this writer’s journey by reading her subseuent novelsI highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy reading family sagas that ring solidly of truth and the realities of life that we all face in some way or another

  4. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    4★“Why isn't life better designed so it warns you when terrible things are about to happen? I saw something Something awful”I didn’t realise this was Maggie O’Farrell’s debut until after I’d read it I’ve enjoyed other books of hers and always wanted to read Her female characters are complex and flawed and believable I don’t remember any of the men but perhaps that’s just meAlice is in a coma after being hit by a car with her mother Ann and devoted dad Ben at her bedside We see a lot of Ann’s story as well as Alice’s We don’t know Ben particularly well nice man but we meet his mother Elspeth who was young Alice’s closest confidanteThere seems to be a fashion currently writing crossing timelines and points of view but O’Farrell wrote this almost two decades ago She runs scenes together but something about the voice changes enough that I realised pretty uickly that I was in someone else’s head I think she does it better than most We meet Alice as an adult taking the train to Edinburgh to see her sisters but after a brief cup of coffee at the train station she suddenly announces she has to return to London Now this instant next train We were there but we have no idea what it is except she seems to have seen “something Something awful” reflected in a mirror when she was in the big bathroom at the stationMirrors do appear in other scenes and one conceit I found interesting was when Alice stops to look in a mirror and wonders if mirrors capture us when we look in them“It must have an image of him locked away somewhere in its depths to imagine that he is standing just behind it his face pressed up close to the surface watching her passing beneath him “It’s an interesting idea I have to say however in real life I find it disconcerting to see people I know well in a mirror All the familiar irregularities are backwards but it’s still a curious idea that part of us may be still be there It’s akin to the belief that photographs will steal a piece of your life But I digressEach of these women has had her own trials Elspeth was only seven when her parents who adored each other became missionaries and left her in boarding school for seven years sending her little gifts and postcards from time to time Not only that they didn’t tell her they were going “They dressed Elspeth in her best clothes and took her out for a walk on the beach each holding one of her hands While she was playing with the pebbles and seaweed on the blustery seashore they slipped away and when she turned round they were gone and in their place was the upright figure of a housemistress for St Cuthbert's School for Girls who took her by the elbow and led her up the beach and on to a train for Edinburgh and boarding school”I was immediately reminded of the days of yore when young lads of seven I think left home to be assigned to serve knights SEVEN It really doesn’t bear thinking about for me That was Elspeth’s generation Ann is the middle generation and another product of boarding school – eleven years of it – where the nuns teach the girls to peel fruit and exit a car gracefully without showing their slip All the things a well bred young lass needs to know to face the world Ann learns it all easily and does well“Ann glances at herself in the rear view mirror Her way isn’t rebellion but inner defiance She hoists herself from the seat gracefully her skirt falling at the desired angle into the correct folds”She seems to maintain that defiant core right through life and she needs it to deal with Alice the middle of her three daughters They are at permanent loggerheads“ Alice left to travel the world She waved goodbye from a train window beads looped and plaited into her long black hair rainbow skirts trailing the ground She returned crop haired in tight leather trousers an Oriental dragon rampant on her shoulder blade 'How was the world?' Ann asked 'Full' she replied”Alice was outwardly rebellious unlike her inwardly defiant mother and she often went to Elspeth for understanding Elspeth seemed to sense what would keep Alice in line which is sometimes the case with skipped generations Mind you Alice set fire to the curtains and thought it was wonderful so she wasn’t an easy child to understand There are a few love stories woven in the central one being Alice’s of course and we are allowed into her mind in the coma as she remembers and relives her past Because it’s not a chronological story we piece the bits together as they are revealed until we have the whole picture Love jealousy joy grief – life the whole thingIt’s uite a picture and uite a debutPS I've just discovered this publication which I haven't read yet but it's free on and Google BooksMaggie O'Farrell A Reader's Guide free digital compendium

  5. Sharlene Sharlene says:

    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 rule Actually writing that I’m not sure exactly which page it was that made me realize I liked this book But I do know that I mostly muddled my way through the first lot of pages The narration confused me a little Multiple points of view different periods of time It was as if the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle were in front of me but I didn’t have the faintest idea what the picture was It didn’t help that I read part of it after the 4305 am feedings using the night mode on the Bluefire ereader appBut there was something about Alice When she meets her John and they muddle their way into a relationship There’s something about his doggedness her seeming initial reluctance to be a part of it then it grows into that sweetness of love bolstered by their determination to be together despite disapproval Their immense heady head in the clouds love That was what made me want to carry on That was what took my own heart a little bit This relationship this character of Alice these things creep under your skin andThe story begins with Alice heading out on the train to Edinburgh to see her sisters But something happens and she decides to head back to London She steps out into the street and is hit by a car As she lies in a coma in hospital the narrative as I had mentioned earlier flits from the present to the past unravelling the circumstances that have led up to this day This involves her mother her grandmother her sisters and her JohnThis story has stayed with me and everytime I think of it I feel strangely overwhelmed There is so much emotion and sentiment in this story Perhaps it’s a little melodramatic but it is very moving and beautifully and sharply writtenI look up O’Farrell’s bibliography and realised that this was her first novel I can’t wait to read the rest of her books

  6. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    NOT A REVIEW OF AFTER YOU'D GONE WHICH WAS OKAY BUT WENT IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHERI realise goodreads is for books but I found a piece of beautiful writing about the vain search for modern romance in a movie called Kissing Jessica Stein The first part of this movie is all about a thirty ish woman in New York who can't meet the right guy fairly usual but uite funny too Then it takes off in a different direction which I'll refrain from commenting on or you'll raise your eyebrows I know you will Anyway the dvd contained some deleted scenes and in those scenes I found this gem Jessica our heroine has been seeing a guy for a week or so and he seems okay ish but fairly aggravating and by now what she really wants is for him to go far far away but at that very point he announces that he thinks he's in love with her and that he's never felt so close to another person and that he feels they just click So this is what Jessica says and she says it all in a breathless rush at 60 miles an hour Click? No We do not click You know we don't have one thing in common We don't click in any way We don't have chemistry or banter or common interests You're a yoga instructor you get colonics you don'tappreciate the chaos and absurdity of life on this planet and in this city you don't understand irony or eccentricity or poetry or the simple joy of being a regular at your diner on your block I love that You don't drink coffee or alcohol you don't overeat orcry when you're alone you don't understand sarcasm you plod through life in a neat colourless caffeine free dairy free conflict free banal self possessed way I'm bold and angry and tortured and tremendousand I notice when somebody has changed their hair parting or when somebody is wearing two distinctly different shades of black or when someone changes the natural timbre of their voice on the phone I don'tgive out empty praise I'm not complacent or well adjusted I can't spend 50 minutes breathing and stretching and getting in touch with myself I can't even spend three minutes finishing an article I checkmy phone machine nine times a day because I feel there's so much to do and fix and change in the world and I wonder every day if I'm making a difference and if I will ever express greatness or if I will remainforever paralysed by muddled madness inside my head I've wept on every birthday I ever had because life is huge and fleeting and I hate certain people and certain shoes and I feel that life is terribly unfairand sometimes beautiful and wonderful and extraordinary and also numbing and horrifying and insurmountable and I hate myself a lot of the time but the rest of the time I adore myself I adore my lifein this city in this world that we live in in this huge and wondrous bewildering brilliant horrible world Pause In these ways I feel that we do not click

  7. Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun) Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun) says:

    This book wrecked me It follows a woman named Alice who’s in a coma after stepping into traffic and her family doesn’t know whether or not it was a suicide attempt The narrative jumps around to all different periods of her life focusing on her relationship with her lover John – a relationship that we learn has ended but we don’t know why We also get snippets of her mother and grandmother’s livesThe writing overall wasn’t my favorite Mostly I thought there were too many adjectives she never uses one when she could use two or three and I recognized this because it’s one of the flaws in my own writing and sometimes the verb choices were strange and distracting And there are several cases of insta love that taken collectively would’ve bothered me in another bookBut really I loved this novel So much of the writing is beautiful in a slightly disjointed way which I viewed as intentional given the characters’ mental states and the whole story happens in that emotional space where your chest aches and you feel tears pressing behind your eyes The way O’Farrell crafts Alice and John’s relationship is gorgeous She captures that feeling of being completely comfortable with someone and loving them than you ever thought you could Having finished the story I feel emotionally fragile and like I might burst into tears if someone looks at me the wrong way I’ll be reading all of O’Farrell’s backlist I think – I’m just in the mood for her tone and imagery

  8. Malia Malia says:

    I feel as though a cloud has been lifted now that I've finished this book That's not to say I didn't like it but Maggie O'Farrell manages to create such an intense atmosphere I felt almost exhausted reading it I feel i am giving an unfair impression of this book It's a mix of mystery thriller romance and I cannot possibly assign it to a single genre Alice the central figure in this story ends up in a coma after witnessing a mysterious incident when she goes to visit her family O'Farrell skips around in time and various POVs which some readers might well find annoying but after a while I really got used to it and it is done very skillfullyThe story slowly unravels and we are given glimpses of the past distant and near like separate puzzle pieces which only in the last 100 pages really fit togetherIt is a story about family and family secrets romance and love and dealing with all the complications and joys those aspects of life entail As mentioned before it's an extremely atmospheric novel and I can hardly believe this is a debut Truly impressive and well worth reading but not recommended as a pick me up or for a laughIt reminded me stylistically of 'Into the Darkest Corner' or even a little of a elegant and English Jodi Picault storyFind reviews and bookish fun at

  9. Tori Clare Tori Clare says:

    I didn't really have time to read this book So I gobbled it up in two days Isn't that the power of any great book that reading becomes compulsive as you find yourself sucked into the story regardless of time constraints? It's testament to Maggie O'Farrell's skill as a writer She cast a line and reeled me in during the opening paragraph No hint of a dull start or laborious scene setting The ride begins on line one When I'd finished it last night I glanced at the rating on out of curiosity A recent one line review caught my eye It simply said 'I did not find much of a story to this book' To me that's tantamount to observing that England isn't very green or that there is no treasure to be found in The Tower of London having visited but completely missed The Jewel House The story is outstanding; the writing eually so Just the perfect cocktail of narrative and dialogue and a wonderful blend of subtle humour and vivid scenes heart breaking some of them I laughed out loud in parts and not because Maggie O'Farrell served the humour up on a great big plate with garnish The humour surfaced gently through her supreme ability to shine a light on the hypocrisy and even absurdity of human beings never evident than in family relationships But the real strength of the book for me lay in the construction of the scenes themselves She uses colourful and poignant fragments from the lives of the characters to create a patchwork story that is so well seamed together it was difficult to see the stitching The scenes criss cross and dart around all through the book Past present distant past this person then that During short scenes and using a selection of tools from her technical toolbox which include first person and third person writing and mixing the past tense with the present she successfully breathes life into the characters and does so with depth and clarityDo you need a synopsis of the story? I think not You need to know if a novel is worth your time and dosh This one is If I had a tiny uibble a teenie tiny one it was the over use of the word curl She uses this verb to excess which is very surprising when the prose is just littered with gorgeous writing and wonderful turns of phrase She possesses the ability to do what all good writers do conjure words from a rich imagination in order to describe what to most would be the indescribable She awakened in me things that I already knew that had never made it past the turnstile of my consciousness and been converted into words So when she used a verb to the point where it repeatedly brought attention to itself I was puzzled She has than enough vocabulary at her disposal to have selected a variety of verbs It's a small thing and matters not I can sum up the book in two simple words really Great stuff

  10. Cat Cat says:

    Sliding between different levels of consciousness Alice listens to the conversations around her and begins sifting through recollections of her past and of a recently curtailed love affairAlice is in a coma for most of the book and you learn about her and her family and life through her recollections and various conversations Sometimes it's out of chronological order but it never feels confusing or irritating I had a tear in my eye at the end of this book What a fantastic debut novel this was The writing style is so fluid and real I was completely captivated and have avoided doing anything else except finish this book It has given me an new insight into grief and a newfound respect for anyone who has managed to pick themselves up and carry on after losing a loved one

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