Stories of love, loss, secrets and war always provide a wealth of topics for discussion. The nominator of “Afterwards” by Rachel Seiffert seems to agree with this sentiment, writing that this novel has “an amazing amount of discussion material, including two wars, relationships, post traumatic stress syndrome, etc. Highly recommended.”
Seiffert’s work of psychological fiction follows the relationship of Alice and Joseph, who fall in love but hesitate to grow too close to each other as each hides a dark secret. Joseph was involved in violence in Northern Ireland. Alice never met her father and is caring for her grandfather after her grandmother’s death, but her grandfather is hiding some secrets from his own past as a soldier in Kenya. Seiffert handles her characters with compassion and delicacy as she explores the scars left by military service.
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