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Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Rachel Seiffert's first book, The Dark Room, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, announced the arrival of a major writer; Afterwards fulfills that promise with a stunning novel about war and its brutal after-effect.

Alice is the protagonist of Afterwards, but this book is about the guilt harboured by people around her. There are two men in her life: her maternal grandfather, David, recently widowed, and her boyfriend, Joseph, each of whom keeps his past from his loved ones. David served in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion; Joseph, during a stint in the British army, served in Northern Ireland. Both, we learn, live with the memory of having killed in the line of duty.

As Alice's relationship with Joseph develops, she senses there is something about his past that he keeps hidden. This is particularly galling given the personal and emotional details she has revealed to him (namely, that Alice has never met her father, and her attempts to establish an epistolary relationship with him in adulthood foundered). After her grandmother's death, Alice finds the time spent with her grandfather awkward. She doesn't know him the way she did her grandmother, but feels obliged to visit and offer support. Gradually, it emerges that David's cold manner is traceable to events in Kenya, where he and his wife met. And as Alice tries to get to the bottom of Joseph's reticence, a series of heated family discussions brushes ever closer to David's secrets.

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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Afterwards: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-375-42260-9 / 978-0-375-42260-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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February 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-676-97909-2 / 978-0-676-97909-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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February 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-434-01186-X / 978-0-434-01186-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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Paperback Editions

1803 : USA Paperback
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Title: Afterwards (Vintage International)
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 1-4000-7503-3 / 978-1-4000-7503-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-676-97910-6 / 978-0-676-97910-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-09-946177-3 / 978-0-09-946177-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-434-01551-2 / 978-0-434-01551-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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Audio Editions

December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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May 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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July 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Afterwards: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon