This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.
Three years after a series of massive waves takes out New York City and apocalyptic weather continues to shrink US coastlines, Julian and Kate's daughter returns to their Midwestern home...what's left of it. They should be thrilled, but while Kate is happy to have her daughter home, Julian can't quite believe it's really her. Since their daughter worked in New York City at the time of the first disaster, it seems impossible for her to be alive. However, the unspoken rule that forbids talk of life before the waves prevents Julian from determining the truth once and for all. A story about family, After illuminates the bonds that transcend geography and time even at what may literally be the end of the world.