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After the End

Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Clare Mackintosh comes a deeply moving and addictive novel about an impossible choice - and the two paths fate could take.

“A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can’t stop thinking about it.” (Liane Moriarty, best-selling author of Big Little Lies

“Tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult.” (Publishers Weekly

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers - unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son. 

What if they could have both? 

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning. 

©2019 Clare Mackintosh (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year.” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times best-selling author of Then She Was Gone

“Clare Mackintosh’s complex, riveting page-turner grapples with hard questions without ever straying from its emotional true north. I fell in love with the compelling voices of Pip, Max, and Leila as they explored the bravest and most terrifying words in the English language: What if. After the End is gorgeous, heart-wrenching, hope-soaked, and honest. It made me feel a thousand things, and it also made me think. Get an extra copy for a friend; you’re going to need to talk about this one.” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times best-selling author of Never Have I Ever

"Clare Mackintosh’s After the End is absolutely compulsive reading, a heart-pounding family story with a child’s life in the balance. So skilled is this author, that, just when the reader thinks there is no possible resolution, another door opens. You may think you’ve experienced medical drama before, but you haven’t, not this way.” (Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean)

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Another fantastic book to listen to.

I have listened to all of Clare Mackintosh's books and I have loved every single one of them. Her books are always relevant and she puts her own personal experiences in them, so it's the real deal. It is heart wrenching but positive.

I always love that her narrators are always absolutely spot on for the novel.

I actually think she is my favourite author.

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Wow! I am still absorbing this...Order Now!

I love this author and pre-ordered the book without hesitation. I had no idea what the topic was and was amazed with the eloquent way everyone's opinion was heard and how the story unfolded. It is a beautiful read and a tribute to a situation that we hope never to be in. I highly recommend this book. It moved me in so many ways and by the end was uplifting and makes me think long past the ending.

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Heartbreakingly Inspiring...Beautiful

I came to find Clare Mackintosh through her previous three books...mysteries with a deep understanding of human psychology. I almost opted out of After the End as it does not fall in my genre wheelhouse. But wow...just wow. I truly felt the full gamut of emotions and the performances by Louise Brealey, Matt Reeves, and Nathalie Armin breath rich life into the so-real characters. This book of love, loss, and rebirth thru new beginnings is a gift.

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  • Michael
  • St. Paul, MN, United States
  • 07-13-19

Intriguing and Moving

I haven't read a book like this before. It's a multistoried, multilayered and perfectly written. It kept me glued to my headphones. The author's statement at the end brought it all together, explaining how she could write with such depth of feeling and realism. I highly recommend listening to this audio book. It is storytelling at its best.