Title: After the Fall
Author: Julie Cohen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genres: Women’s Fiction
From the author who brought you Dear Thing,
Julie Cohen, comes After the Fall–a poignant,
beautifully heartbreaking novel about what it
means to be family, the ties that bind us, and
the secrets that threaten to tear us apart.
When an unfortunate accident forces Honor back
into the lives of her widowed daughter-in-law, Jo,
and her only granddaughter, Lydia, she cannot wait
to be well enough to get back to her own home.
However, the longer she stays with Jo and Lydia, the
more they start to feel like a real family. But each of
the three women is keeping secrets from the others that
threaten to destroy the lives they’ve come to know.
Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence
she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.
Jo’s secret could destroy the “normal” family life
she’s fought so hard to build and maintain.
Lydia’s secret could bring her love―or the loss of
everything that matters most to her.
One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and
daughter’s secrets will be forced out in the open
in a single dramatic moment that leaves them
all asking: is there such a thing as second chances?
“Give this perfect blend of laugh-out-loud and
heart-tugging moments to readers who like
complicated, realistic relationships joyously rendered,
like those from Jojo Moyes or Jill Mansell.”
-Booklist (Starred Review)
“Cohen is a talented author who has touched
upon a topic that is very much in the news today
and has given it a positive voice.”
-RT Reviews (4 Stars!)
“After the Fall explores a truth that we’re inclined
to ignore–that loving on any and every level takes
massive amounts of courage. And that sometimes we need
that courage to even love ourselves. And that while
taking that unsure first step may be frightening,
“falling” is ultimately and always worth the pain.”
-Jennifer Scott, bestselling author of The Accidental Book Club
About the Author
Julie Cohen grew up in Maine, USA, and studied English at Brown University, Rhode Island and Cambridge University in England. She moved to the UK permanently to research fairies in Victorian children’s literature at the University of Reading, and then taught English at secondary level. She now writes full time and is a popular speaker and teacher of creative writing. She lives with her husband and their son in Berkshire. She is also the author of Dear Thing and Where Love Lies.