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In the Aftermath

In the AftermathIn the Aftermath by Jane Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I met Jane Ward at the Yale Writer's Conference six or seven years ago, so I was looking forward to the release of this novel she had been working on at the time.

In the Aftermath is a beautiful exploration of loss and grief and the ways that people are impacted by a tragedy, even people we might not immediately think of as directly related to the situation.

Written with sensitivity and grace, Ward explores the emotional and mental health impacts upon her characters. And while we don't always read novels to learn something, this novel I believe can be helpful for those dealing with their own losses and griefs. As I know it was for me, as I am currently in such a life season.

I found these final lines of the story to beautifully capture life, "Born, dead, reborn. Change, change, and change again. And so on. That had always been the story."

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