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What Comes After

By: JoAnne Tompkins
Narrated by: Mark Deakins, Kristen DiMercurio, Kirby Heyborne
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Publisher's summary

Named a top beach read of summer by Oprah Daily, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, and more

“Nail-biting wallop of a debut...a thoughtful, unexpectedly optimistic tale.” (The New York Times)

“If you enjoyed The Searcher by Tana French, read What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins...a mystery - and a gritty meditation on loss and redemption, drenched in stillness and grief.” (The Washington Post)

After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys’ families - a moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses - until an unfamiliar 16-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.

Evangeline’s arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isn’t equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future.

With a propulsive mystery at its core, What Comes After offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy but inspiring a new kind of family.

©2021 JoAnne Tompkins (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

Named a Best New Book of the Spring by Parade, Good Housekeeping, Bustle, and more!

“Gripping.... What Comes After juxtaposes the often brutal natural world, with its crepuscular woods, twisty paths, and wild creatures, and the 'civilized' world, with its own dark places and feral inhabitants. Ms. Tompkins’ understanding of both is palpable. So is her compassion.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“If you enjoyed The Searcher by Tana French, read What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins...a mystery - and a gritty meditation on loss and redemption, drenched in stillness and grief.” (The Washington Post)

“Nail-biting wallop of a debut novel.... Tompkins delivers a thoughtful, unexpectedly optimistic tale.” (The New York Times)

“Atmospheric, propulsive...a grieving community grapples with two slain teenaged boys and the young pregnant girl who may hold the key to the their tragic fates. An American Tana French, Tompkins is a writer to watch.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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