In Julie Cohen’s novel, AFTER THE FALL (St.Martin’sGriffin), Dr. Honor Levinson is an eighty-year-old woman, who takes pride in the fact she lives alone in the house her father purchased decades ago. She’s able to shop, clean and read whenever she wants with no outside help. But one day, Honor misses a step and tumbles down her staircase, breaking a hip, and suffering a concussion. She’s able to call for an ambulance, but her life is about to change dramatically.
AFTER THE FALL is the story of three generations of women. Honor, her widowed daughter in law, Jo and granddaughter, Lydia. Their narratives alternate sharing their intimate secrets and desires. Jo’s a single mom, newly divorced with two more children, Oscar and Iris from her second marriage. It’s her, self-appointed job to do everything for everyone, perfectly. Lydia is best friends with Avril, facing end of the year exams and has a secret she can’t share. Honor reluctantly moves in with her deceased son’s family, making it known she’d rather not be there, but she has no where else to go.
One day, all of Honor, Jo and Lydia’s secrets come out in the open and they turn to each other, hoping second chances do exist.
“Sometimes, hope it too painful to contemplate.” ALL THE BEST PEOPLE
Julie Cohen studied English Literature at Brown University in Rhode Island and Cambridge University in the UK, and then did an M.Phil. degree by research on fairies in Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature. She became a secondary school English teacher and soon realized she wanted to be a novelist.
Julie lives in Berkshire with her husband, who likes guitars, and son, who likes Minecraft, and their dog, who likes chasing squirrels. Every year she brings a copy of her latest book to the local library, and they put it on the shelf.
She’s proud to be Patron of local literacy charity ABC to Read, who help children in Berkshire primary schools learn to read. For more information on Julie Cohen, check out her website http://www.juliecohen.com
Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin, we have one copy of Julie Cohen’s AFTER THE FALL to giveaway. Has your world ever turned upside-down? Perhaps, you’re one of the very, very few who haven’t had this experience. Consider yourself fortunate. But for the rest of us, just leave a comment on how you managed. We’ll announce a winner Monday.