After Helen: A Novel

Paperback | February 6, 2006

byPaul Cavanagh

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Irving’s wife, Helen, passed away over a year ago, but thelife she left behind is still very much alive. From the moment he met thered-headed force of nature that was Helen Donnelly in a chance encounter at herfather’s bookshop, Irving Cruikshank knew he was in for the time of his life.He, an unassuming history teacher, and she, a larger-than-life aspiring writer,were not an obvious match, yet with Helen’s passing, Irving is consumed by agrief he can’t articulate. And Severn, their teenage daughter—angry at him,angry at Helen—has disappeared after shoplifting a book written by a formerflame of her mother’s from a big-box bookstore. Now Irving must uncover familysecrets from the past—secrets that he’ll have to confront if he wants afuture with his daughter.

A polished and satisfying novel that deals in a fresh andoriginal way with fathers and daughters, love and grief, it’s no wonder that AfterHelen was chosen from 1,500 other competitors as the winner of the LondonBook Fair’s 2004 "Lit Idol" contest.

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Irving’s wife, Helen, passed away over a year ago, but thelife she left behind is still very much alive. From the moment he met thered-headed force of nature that was Helen Donnelly in a chance encounter at herfather’s bookshop, Irving Cruikshank knew he was in for the time of his life.He, an unassuming history teacher, and she, a larg...

PAUL CAVANAGH, a long-term care consultant for the Ontariogovernment, began writing After Helen in his spare time several yearsago. He has taken screenwriting courses and has studied at the Humber School forWriters in Toronto. Besides receiving huge interest from the internationalpublishing community, Cavanagh?s first novel is also bei...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:February 6, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002006057

ISBN - 13:9780002006057

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC BOOK!!!! WOW! I read this book for the book club, and i must say i probably wouldn't have picked it out myself, but i am sure glad it was chosen to read!! From start to finish i didn't want to put the book down! It was a great true to life story that kept you on the edge of your seat. going from past to present made the read even more enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read! I also loved that it was based here in London, made it even easier to relate to the people and places in the story... LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
Date published: 2006-11-19