Life After Yes

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"Music plays. Dad appears. I walk with him, eyes fastened to the floor. When I look up, something is very wrong. There are three grooms."

This is the story of Quinn?born Prudence Quinn O'Malley?a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to ...

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"Music plays. Dad appears. I walk with him, eyes fastened to the floor. When I look up, something is very wrong. There are three grooms."

This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O'Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn't so clear. Quinn's world has become a minefield of men—some living, some gone, and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.

Life After Yes is a blisteringly honest, thoroughly modern tale of life and love in chaos, marking the arrival of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

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Lawyer turned author and blogger Rowley spins a heartfelt, earnest, if uneven, tale of post-9/11 New York City. It’s January 2002, and corporate lawyer and lifelong New Yorker Prudence Quinn O’Malley has just accepted a “wonderful, majestic, classic” marriage proposal in Paris. But an unsettling dream the next night featuring three grooms and her father, who died on September 11, makes her rethink her plans. Still reeling from her father’s death, Quinn might not be ready for marriage. Her fiancé, Sage, tries to be supportive and patient, but a family tragedy in his own past and his overbearing mother complicate the situation. Quinn tailspins into binge-drinking and impulsive decisions, trying to reconcile her past self with a future that might seem perfect on the outside, but may not be what she really wants. Sage, her two best girlfriends, and her personal trainer are on board to help her move forward. Although Rowley’s quirky characters and lavish descriptions of New York show promise, the blend of dark self-discovery and frothy, party-driven chick lit doesn’t quite jell, while cutesy metaphors and stilted double entendres further disturb the pace. (June)
Gretchen Rubin
Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s compelling debut novel Life After Yes is funny, and a wickedly accurate picture of the life of a particular breed of Manhattanites – and it’s also thought-provoking and deeply moving.
Mameve Medwed
A resounding yes! to Life After Yes—a novel that explores, with charm and humor, life after loss. Readers will root for its endearing narrator, Quinn, as she confronts the road not taken and navigates the conflicting and complicated intersections of head and heart.
J. Courtney Sullivan
Rowley skillfully dissects the myth of having it all in this unputdownable late coming of age story set in rarefied Manhattan. Her flawed and complex characters will stick with you long after Life After Yes’s final pages since they are all too human as they struggle with love and loss.
Julie Buxbaum
Rowley skillfully dissects the myth of having it all in this unputdownable late coming of age story set in rarefied Manhattan. Her flawed and complex characters will stick with you long after Life After Yes’s final pages since they are all too human as they struggle with love and loss.
Tatiana Boncompagni
“A must-read modern love story for any woman wondering which man, and which direction, is the right one.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061894473
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 343
  • Sales rank: 1,018,104
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School who writes about life as a mother and writer on her blog Ivy League Insecurities (www.ivyleagueinsecurities.com). She was born and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    This is the story of Quinn-born Prudence Quinn O'Malley-a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything.

    Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn't so clear. Quinn's world has become a minefield of men-some living, some gone, and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.

    Life After Yes is a blisteringly honest, thoroughly modern tale of life and love in chaos, marking the arrival of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.
    About Aidan Donnelley Rowley

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School who writes about life as a mother and writer on her blog Ivy League Insecurities (www.ivyleagueinsecurities.com). She was born and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters.

    Follow Aidan on Twitter: @ADonnRowley

    Connect with Aidan on Facebook: Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    Aidan Donnelley Rowley

    My Review: As with all my book reviews I have promised to provide an honest review in my own opinion and while the story between the lines is great, as a Christian reviewer with many readers who feel the same as I do, I have to say that this book shares a great deal of profanity. It may not bother some but I have to say it did bother me. Halfway through the book, in my opinion the book is very graphic in it's ability to share the intimate details of the sex life of Sage's and Quinn's life in the bedroom, as well as a man she barely knows who loses his phone in her lap during a cab ride in NYC.

    The story is basically what some women may fear once they say I do, after the initial proposal and then second guess themselves through their day to day experiences and wonder if they did the right thing by saying Yes. The book is based in NYC just after 9/11 as Quinn has lost her father and therefore has to deal with losing her father while making sure she is doing the right thing for her life. She sees marriage as a one time thing and wants to make sure she is doing the right thing.

    I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours and looking past the material contained within the pages, I found the story to be very real to the things many women would experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    I’ll be honest – I chose to read this book based solely on the Carrie Bradshaw-esque model wearing an absolutely exquisite wedding dress; the story was just a bonus.

    All of the characters in this book are overachievers, overly well off, and overly cliched, but don’t let that deter you from this book – Ms. Rowley really knows how to suck you right in and make you stay up until all hours wondering if Quinn will ever just stop trying to rationalize life and just go with the flow!

    I love how flawed Quinn was. And Kayla, the quintessential rich girl who was looking for love in all the wrong places and finds it in the least likely place.

    Come to think of it, there were so many supporting characters that I wish we’d heard more from {or about}. I can only hope that in future novels that some of these characters will take center stage – especially Michael, Kayla, and Avery. Especially Avery – I want to know more about her and what happened with her fiance darn it!

    But I digress. More than trying to deal with the fact that she was about to become someone’s wife, Quinn is still reeling from the death of her father who had unfortunately been in one of the Twin Towers having breakfast with his Banker when the…well, you know what happened. I enjoyed the tidbits of information about Quinn’s father, but I wanted to know more about him.

    Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Flawed and imperfectly emotional to read, Ms. Rowley really nailed it on the head when she wrote this book.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    Unputdownable Must Read Book!

    Life After Yes is smart, literary chic-lit with all the right components: witty, imperfect characters, a dynamic backdrop and emotions that run the gammit. Anyone who reads this will find some of themselves in between the pages, whether that is good or bad. You cannot help but love the characters with all their flaws because they are all of us, living and surviving as best they can.

    Prudence Quinn O'Malley is a smart, slightly self-absorbed Upper Westsider who works as a lawyer and drinks for a hobby. The night after her man, Sage, proposes in Paris with a flashy ring picked out by his mother, Quinn has a dream that shakes her already brittle confidence. She worries about whether Sage is the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with or if it is even realistic to think you can have only one man in your life. As she contemplates her mama's boy fiance her ex, who she still hasn't figured out why she left, steps back into the light.

    Quinn swirls around these issues in the pampered Upper West side of Manhatten shortly after the September 11th that changed all of America. This even more for Quinn since her father, the one man she seems to have no qualms about, died at the top of one of the twin towers that fell. She is afraid, confused and angry at times as she barrels towards her future. Can the flashes of happiness she has with Sage be enough to sustain her for her life? Or is the secret to that hiding in her past?

    I could not help but love Quinn. Even when she was being spoiled, touchy, self-centered and overbearing I still wanted to see the best in her. I wanted to giggle with her when she was able to laugh, scold her when she was being irrational with her sometimes too patient man and slap her silly when she made choices I found beyond bad choice. She made me laugh and she made me cry. I found so much of myself in her insecurities and didn't want to leave her behind. Quinn is a character that will stay with me. She embodies the inner struggle we all have when we try, or are forced, to grow up. Don't make the mistake of passing this one up. You will not be dissapointed

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    Yes, Yes, Yes!

    Do you ever feel like a book comes into your life at a time when you really need it? It's like some force in the world told me that I needed to read Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, at this point in my life. The main character, Prudence (aka Quinn) recently lost her father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has now found herself newly engaged to her man, Sage (interesting name, btw!). I felt so deeply connected to Quinn's story; I could feel her ups and downs as she tries to figure out who she is in her life and if her life is going where she wants it to. I related so intensely to this book and to Quinn's character - her confusion, her insecurity, her relationships with her friends and family.

    The Setting: The book takes place in the year follow the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was incredibly moving to read a fictional story about this time and about a character who lost her father in the attacks. It added an additional element to the story that really struck me.

    The Characters: I loved Quinn. She's unsure, insecure, and unhappy in her life. Her journey is one of hope and one that I connected to. I felt like Quinn was a friend and that she was sitting right next to me telling me the story. She is full of flaws, but that is what makes her so interesting. Her fiancee, Sage, is the stereotypical great guy who I found myself rooting for through the book. You can tell that he really loves Quinn, flaws and all, and their love story felt very true and real. There are also other characters who show up in the story: Quinn's friends Kayla and Avery, her brother, Michael, her mother, Sage's mother, Quinn's personal trainer, and Quinn's ex-boyfriend. All of them add depth to the story and make it very real.

    The Plot: Quinn is struggling with life after she accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Sage. She has a crazy dream that makes her start questioning her choices. She reminisces about her past with her ex-boyfriend, who also happens to pop back into her life during this confusing time. The plot basically revolves around Quinn finding her way through life post-9/11, and post-engagement. I was able to relate very well with her and I imagine that many other women will be able to as well. Who hasn't had confusing moments of: Am I doing the right thing? What is life all about?

    To sum up: This book is very easy to read and the author writes very well. The story moves quickly and I was able to read it in about a day. I can't rave enough about this book and I encourage you to go and find your own copy asap!! I am eagerly anticipating more from this author in the future!!

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Surprisingly Unexpected

    Let me start off by saying that I have been reading Aidan's blog, http://www.ivyleagueinsecurities.com/ for about a year. She has been bookmarked from day one and I anticipate her daily blog post's, well not daily, but M-F. I have always enjoyed her posts, but they are only a couple hundred words and the topics differ. I knew she had written a book and no matter what, I was going to read it, but these days it seems that anyone and everyone is a "blogger," so expecting the world from a virgin novelist was not something I anticipated.

    Boy was I shocked!

    I. LOVE. LIFE. AFTER. YES!!!

    I will say it again...

    I. LOVE. LIFE. AFTER. YES!!!

    You will be captivated from the beginning. You go on such an amazing journey with the main character, Quinn. You feel like you either know or know of each and every character, even the ones who are nameless. And you will find yourself rooting for the characters. You will be taken on an emotional roller coaster, that makes you question things in your own life. And at the end you will be satisfied, but sad it is over.

    This is the kind of book that great movies are made from.

    And I know it is being pigeon-holed as "chick lit," but don't let that tag fool you. Most "chick lit" books are so unbelievably unrealistic (IE: The Devil Wears Prada, the Shopaholic series, Bridget Jones Diary, etc...), that you can predict what will happen three chapters in and you can in no way relate to any characters. Like I said above, you can relate to the characters and all their situations in one way or another. It almost seems like it could be and auto-biography. Although, if "chick lit" is your thing, I have no doubt in my mind that you will definitely enjoy this book.

    I am so happy Aidan quit her job and wrote this book. She is a true writer with an amazing gift. I cannot wait for her second novel!!!

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