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Kathryn HarrisonSeiffert writes with economy, accomplishing in a line what many can't in a page and producing a work that's elegant in its seemingly organic shape. Even better, she doesn't betray the effort, the art, required to render that shape. Her prose functions as a camera might, with the added power to reveal unvoiced thought as well as dialogue, and her omniscient narrative slides unobtrusively in and out of various points of view. Her discipline is such that her characters' internal reflections seem utterly authentic, never devolving into the inconsequential babble often presented as stream-of-consciousness. One of the significant accomplishments of Afterwards is a coiling suspense driven more by psychology than by circumstance.
—The New York Times