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The Aftermath

by Rhidian Brook

Random House of Canada | May 7, 2013 | Trade Paperback |

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Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.
 
But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
 
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307361047

ISBN - 13: 9780307361042

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The Aftermath

by Rhidian Brook

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307361047

ISBN - 13: 9780307361042

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Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.
 
But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
 
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.

About the Author

Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television and film. His debut novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won three prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, and was made into a film. His numerous stories have appeared in Paris Review and New Statesman, and he has written for the Observer, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

Editorial Reviews

“ The Aftermath is an entertaining blend of romance, history and suspense, one to which Brook’s style is perfectly suited: it’s sturdy, stripped down with just the right amount of gnarled beauty poking through the cracks.” —Emily Donaldson, Toronto Star   “Profoundly moving…. Brook’s beautifully written novel ponders issues of decency, guilt and forgiveness…. The meticulous integrity of Brook’s prose style builds a narrative of chastened humans, ending less in tragedy than in a kind of redemptive inertia—turning back from the brink, taking time to mourn.” — The Independent   “Excellent…. A captivating tale not only of love among the ruins but also of treachery and vengeance…. [The] main plot strand is thoroughly engaging…. However, Brook weaves around it a number of masterly subplots peopled by equally flawed and intriguing characters…. Brook is as sure-footed at unfolding an extramarital affair behind ornate doors as he is at portraying a hardscrabble fight for survival among the ‘apocalyptic architecture’ on the streets…. As loyalties are tested and consciences are pricked The Aftermath does what all good novels do: it poses many complex questions and resists neat, topped-and-tailed answers.” — Literary Review “Brook creates a pitiful and nuanced portrait of the pointless violence and cruelty of war, in which distin
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