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After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
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Aug 10, 2011

really liked it

I was very impressed with Maggie O'Farrell's writing style, being her debut novel. It is hard to pull off a storyline that jumps back and forth between different characters and time lines, and although some did not seem to care for it, I think she pulled it off wonderfully. I was so involved in these characters, particularly Alice and her mother. I truly cared about what happened to them and couldn't wait to read more. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the "shocking event" that Alice experiences and sets the whole story moving back and forth across generations and countries. What she experienced was shocking in itself, but because the reader must wait until the last 1/4 of the book to find out what it is, it just didn't seem to deliver on the level I was expecting. Not to mention most readers will have figured it out by then, as well. Despite this, I would still highly recommend it and am very much looking forward to reading Maggie O'Farrell's later works.

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