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After Her A Novel by Joyce Maynard
  

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Inspired by a real American case, this is the story of an attempt to catch a serial killer that took some thirty years. When Rachel and Patty were teenagers their detective father was assigned a case of catching the ‘Sunset Strangler’ and Rachel decided to act as bait and help her dad. Disaster. A man does come forward and confesses but the sisters and their father know he is not the killer. Thirty years later, after much family trauma, Rachel, now a famous author, again attempts to catch the man. This is terrific stuff, very good indeed. Her previous novel, Labor Day, is now a film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

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After Her A Novel by Joyce Maynard

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[Maynard] weav(es) a knotty tale of family secrets, told in the alternating voices of her likable main characters. -- Entertainment Weekly on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS The Good Daughters shows Maynard's strengths once again-particularly in vivid descriptions of farm life, geographies, and relationships of all kinds. Passions and psychological changes in a character over time ring most true. -- Providence Journal Absorbing. -- More Magazine on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS An evocative story . . . [Maynard] consistently brings emotional authenticity to the long arc of her characters
lives and to the joy and loss they experience. A profoundly moving chronicle of the primacy of family connection.

-- Booklist on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS An impressive writer...with a fine sense of time, of place, of humor. -- Buffalo News on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS Exquisite . . . . [A] beautifully written book. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE GOOD DAUGTHERS In addition to being a beautiful and engaging story, Maynard deftly captures Dana's struggle to come to terms with her sexuality in the midst of her family's instability. And her relationship with Clarice is one of the strongest in the novel. Highly recommended.

-- AfterEllen.com on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS Maynard is a clever storyteller. -- Seattle Times on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS Maynard's spare prose packs a rich emotional punch...a can't put-it-down mystery. -- People on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS Vividly rendered. -- Tampa Tribune on THE GOOD DAUGHTERS [The] story is moving and fast-moving, affirming Maynard's reputation as a master storyteller and showing her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart. . . . Maynard illuminates the human experience. -- People (Four Stars) an uplifting story told by a boy who is just beginning to understand what life is all about. -- St. Petersburg Times Labor Day is suffused with tenderness, dreaminess and love....first and foremost a page-turner...[it] puts back together the world that it destroys....you definitely need to get a box of tissues. -- Newsday Dazzling. -- Jules Siegel, San Francisco Chronicle on At Home in the World It is a testament to Maynard's skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale. -- Washington Post Part family reminiscence, part girl detective story, After Her combines the intimacy of one teen's coming-of-age with the suspense of a serial killer mystery. With warmth and redeeming humor, Joyce Maynard delivers the terror and confusion of adolescence. -- Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels and The Speed Queen Joyce Maynard's latest novel, After Her, is a suspenseful page-turning mystery, but even more compelling is her memorable portrait of a thirteen-year-old girl and the complicated world she shares with her sister; the intricate details of their life are sometimes hilarious, often heartbreaking, and always endearing. -- Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life on AFTER HER Passionate, profound, and as stunning as a sparking live wire coming slowly and irrevocably toward you, Maynard's latest is nothing short of a masterpiece. -- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow Though you will be tempted, try not to turn the pages of this complex thriller too fast: you will miss a tender elegy, an evocative coming-of-age story, and a tribute to the enduring bonds of sisterhood. -- Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love on AFTER HER An affecting portrait of the relationship between a father and his daughters. -- Booklist on AFTER HER Maynard writes great characters and craft a story that will not let you go. -- Bookreporter.com on AFTER HER [F]ar from a simple whodunit... [Maynard] deftly conveys that we are never truly safe, but that we can't let fear stand in the way of our becoming who we want to be. -- Real Simple on AFTER HER Veteran novelist Joyce Maynard has returned with a coming of age story woven into a serial killer investigation that is both evocative and captivating. -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer on AFTER HER Loosely based on the Trailside Killer slayings of the 1970s, the story jumps from history into a many-layered exploration of sibling bonds and innocence. -- San Jose Mercury News on AFTER HER After Her is a masterful piece of storytelling with bits of humor to offset the suspenseful emotions. -- Shelf Awareness on AFTER HER After Her is an excellent novel, dealing deftly and tenderly with a young girl's coming of age and loss of innocence, presenting us with characters as great and as flawed as the people we see every day. Here we have a great author writing at the top of her form. -- 5MinutesforMom.com on AFTER HER


About the Author

Maynard is the author of fifteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World—translated into twelve languages. Her novel, Labor Day, became a motion picture in theaters January 2014, adapted and directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

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Publication date

22nd April 2014

Author

Joyce Maynard

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Publisher

William Morrow Paperbacks an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780062257406

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