352 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.74 in
August 12, 2014
Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307361055
ISBN - 13: 9780307361059
From the Publisher
A stunning, powerful blockbuster of passion, betrayal and conscience to rival Atonement and The End of the Affair.
Hamburg, 1946. Thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its broken people, Captain Lewis is stationed in a grand house on the outskirts of the city, 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, out onto the streets, 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 deepest desires, our fiercest loyalties and the humbling 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 the 1997 Somerset Maugham Award, a Betty Trask Award, the Author's Club First Novel Award and was made into a film starring Jonathan Pryce. His numerous stories have appeared in the Paris Review and New Statesman and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The author lives in London, England.
Praise for The Aftermath:
"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." Toronto Star
"Any good historical novel has to unwind the layers of history that have piled upon the events described and render them as open to possibility and uncertainty as our own present. The Aftermath does that impressively well." The Scotsman
"A stylish, heart-searching and convincing story that by refusing to peddle clichés and received wisdom, memorably refashions this period." Sunday Herald
"Rhidian Brook's arresting novel brings vividly to life a little-told aspect of World War II: its aftermath. His story--energetically and authoritatively told--is unsettling and compelling, suffused with suffering and, mercifully, some hope." Claire Messud