And After the Fire

And After the Fire

by Lauren Belfer


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ISBN-13: 9780062428516
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 439,857
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Lauren Belfer was born in Rochester, New York, and attended Swarthmore College, where she majored in medieval studies. She also has an MFA from Columbia University. Lauren Belfer's most recent novel, A Fierce Radiance, was named a Washington Post Best Novel and an NPR Best Mystery. Her debut novel, City of Light, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in New York City.

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.

Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over fifty Earphones Awards and thirteen prestigious Audie Awards. He was named Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.

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And After the Fire: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As both a musician and a literature major, this book kept me entranced. A second reading for my book club was as enjoyable as the first reading. I loved the information about the Bach and Mendelssohn families and was intrigued with the moral and ethical questions posed. I have recommended the book to numerous people.
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
Lauren Belfer undertook quite a task in writing And After the Fire. The story of a found J. S. Bach manuscript in the 21st century is attractive material to any musician or musical history student. It is not difficult to believe this manuscript was by Bach as he wrote often from messages by Martin Luther. Yet, I found it troubling that these two people so highly respected in our time were antisemitic in their day. Belfer transcends three time periods in writing And After the Fire. They are 1780-1870, the end of World War II, and current day. The transitions back and forth could make for difficult reading. But Belfer’s writing is seamless and meticulous about character, time, and place of her focus. The research in this book is well done. I’m a fact-checker and I didn’t catch one misstep in Belfer’s reporting the facts to her readers. Additionally, I enjoy reading a book where I find few misspellings or grammatical errors. And After the Fire holds mystery, history, musicology, genealogy, and romance within its pages. It is easy to recommend it to a variety of readers because of its varied genre held within a single novel. Recommendation: Don’t miss Lauren Belfer’s And After the Fire.
dweston More than 1 year ago
Written in my favorite format where the author transforms us to another time & place then brings us back to the present. Beautifully written story with a history lesson I'm sure I would never have known about prior to reading. Admittedly, my classical music collection has doubled since reading this novel. I simply devoured this story unable to put down until I finished the very last page!
beckwith_usa More than 1 year ago
Ms. Belfer's latest novel seems to mirror the Bach cantata at the center of the story, from its detailed introduction to its heart-pounding finale. Spanning from 18th century Prussia to present-day New York City, this is not "just another" WWII artifact narrative. The characters both real and fictitious, reveal themselves in sometimes unexpected ways, taking the reader on a journey of inquiry and discovery. Sara Itzig Levy and Susanna Kessler have plenty in common although separated by many centuries. How they question and confront issues of faith, history, prejudice and art has stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Meticulously researched and expertly crafted, themes of "And After The Fire" flow with a cadence which will delight all readers, especially lovers of historical fiction. Brava!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And After The Fire is a rich blend of literary fiction, historical research and suspenseful storytelling. Grounded in fiction, Belfer’s vast and comprehensive research adds an unparalleled amount of historical detail to her plot. The novel moves seamlessly between the 1700s, the 1940s and the present day, and easily transports the reader into each carefully constructed era. Although the controversial cantata by Bach is not real, the challenges that it poses are relatable and relevant to this day. I was immediately invested in the characters and their actions. It was a true page-turner and I could not put it down! The novel also touches on so many different and universal themes, like love and loss, that I think it would be a great book club read. I highly recommend for fans of historical fiction, literary fiction, thrillers and music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put it down...Lauren Belfer did a great job. I have now read all three of her books, and liked them all. But I think I liked this one the best. I wanted to start rereading immediately upon finishing it. I want to listen to all the music, read the biographies of all those mentioned, and visit all the historic places mentioned. I will be choosing it for my book club selection.