After You've Gone

After You've Gone

by Jeffrey Lent
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After You've Gone by Jeffrey Lent

After You’ve Gone in paperback, it is a moving, sublime love story set in the cataclysmic decades around the turn of the twentieth century. Henry Dorn has spent years building a family, but it only takes a single afternoon for it to fall apart. Abruptly widowed of the love of his life, Henry buys a steamer ticket for Amsterdam, the city of his heritage, hoping to start life anew. But nothing could have prepared him for the woman he meets on the ship: the fiery, self-sufficient Lydia Pearce, one of a new generation of women. Before long the two have fallen into an affair of a depth and significance for which neither was prepared. But the memory of his wife and the vexed relationship he had with their son haunt Henry in the midst of his new beginning. Jeffrey Lent is one of our finest novelists, and After You’ve Gone delivers a tale that beautifully charts the sweep of a life, the grim reach of a war, and the discovery—and loss—of life-defining love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802144553
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 249
Sales rank: 948,283
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Lent is the author of In the Fall and Lost Nation, which have been translated into more than eight languages. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two daughters.

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After You've Gone 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Bozeman-Parrothead More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Jeffery Lent since I picked up Lost Nation. One word of advice I offer to people that read his books, is to be prepared to expect anything. There have been times when I've thrown his book across the room in fits of disappointment and picked it up again out of intrigue. What I mostly admire about Lent is his writing style that gives me comfort knowing that NOT JUST ANYONE CAN WRITE A BOOK. In his new novel After You've Gone is not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed reading a complex story about passion and peoples interaction with each other, that was not classic text book love story that was predictable. Some words of advice about this book, the chapters jumped around and it was quite maddening at times. But I loved it and just remember my advice.
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This is the first and last Jeffrey Lent book I will read. He gets so caught up in writing about nothing that I could jump paragraphs and still know where I was in the story. When it was said and done there was very little story.
bookwormdenver More than 1 year ago
After You've Gone starts out slowly and is bogged down by tortured sentences in the beginning of the novel. One wonders if the author was challenging his readers to broaden their vocabulary or whether he had found new words and wanted to use them in this work. But the narrative soon captures you and the writing begins to flow with dramatic ease. Then you're hooked. I couldn't wait for the resolution and it did not disappoint. This novel does not bend towards romanticism though the story line tempts it to. Instead it is filled with the winds that real life blows our way. Life lived in it's fullest can still disappoint. Yet why would anyone change to a more tepid stew?