After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search

After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search

by Sarah Perry


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"Stunning."Entertainment Weekly

"Raw and perfect."Laura Miller, Slate

"Heartbreaking yet hopeful."Samantha Irby, Marie Claire

"[Perry] is a wonderful writer...Beauty and tenderness rise up through the darkness...[She] succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity, and her own."
Bliss Broyard, The New York Times Book Review

A fierce memoir of a mother’s murder, a daughter’s coming-of-age in the wake of immense loss, and her mission to know the woman who gave her life.

When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine, just a few feet from Sarah’s bedroom.
The killer escaped unseen; it would take the police twelve years to find him, time in which Sarah grew into adulthood, struggling with abandonment, police interrogations, and the effort of rebuilding her life when so much had been lost. Through it all she would dream of the eventual trial, a conviction—all her questions finally answered. But after the trial, Sarah’s questions only grew. She wanted to understand her mother’s life, not just her final hours, and so she began a personal investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, taking her deep into the abiding darkness of a small American town.
Told in searing prose, After the Eclipse is a luminous memoir of uncomfortable truth and terrible beauty, an exquisite memorial for a mother stolen from her daughter, and a blazingly successful attempt to cast light on her life once more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544302655
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 665,274
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

SARAH PERRY holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and was publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She received a writers’ fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.

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After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't be put off by the dark subject matter. Perry has taken a story that would have been an unmitigated tragedy in other hands and infused it with warmth, light, and humanity. It’s a story about people, about the challenges and hard-won victories of the working poor, about the decisions strong women make under the most unsympathetic circumstances, and the way family ties break down and rebuild in the aftermath of a tragedy. Perry is both clear-eyed but compassionate toward the people in her book, especially the men who passed in and out of her and her mother’s life. I’m stunned at how an author who has lived through such darkness has managed to write with such generosity toward so many. Like the author, I grew up in rural Maine. This book filled me with aching homesickness for both the people and landscape of my childhood. Read this exceptional book. It’s timely. It’s wonderful.