The Aftermath

The Aftermath

by Rhidian Brook
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The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

1946, post-World War II Hamburg. While thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless, Colonel Lewis Morgan, charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the denazification of its defeated people, is stationed in a grand house on the River Elbe. He is awaiting the arrival of his wife, Rachael—still grieving for their eldest son—and their only surviving son, Edmund. But rather than force the owners of the house, a German widower and his rebellious daughter, out onto the streets, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged atmosphere, both parents and children will be forced to confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal, to their deepest desires, their fiercest loyalties, and the transforming power of forgiveness.

This courageous new novel from award-winning author Rhidian Brook tells an emotionally riveting story of two families, one house, and love grown from hate.

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307958273
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 153,711
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television, and film. His debut novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won the Somerset Maugham Award, a Betty Trask Award, and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review and New Statesman. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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The Aftermath 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realky liked this book. It caused me to think about and do some research on a different perspective of WWII. Great characters and realistic emotions. This author has some beautiful imagery about a very ugly time in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Built on character development instead of action, I found myself completely emerged in this book. Each character's story is told with open ended possibilities which had me thinking about this book and rereading it. I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning. My favourite book of 2013. A classic in the making.  Have been telling anyone and everyone to read this beautiful and brilliant novel. 
meac More than 1 year ago
The Aftermath is set in 1945 Hamburg, Germany during the early months of the British occupation. As Americans, we were taught in history class how the Allies were heroes who rebuilt Germany. This story doesn't dispute that, but it does illustrate what it was like to live in Germany in those early days after the war and how both the Germans and the Allies (in this case, the British) dealt with hardship and an uncertain future. The prose is beautiful and the characters are well developed and deserve our empathy.
Beachi206 More than 1 year ago
Anyone with an interest in WW II history, this gem of a book vividly creates 1946 Germany and the aftermath of this worst war the world have ever seen. The setting is fascinating and the characters' story arcs pull the reader in. I would call this a page turner although it is not a thriller or a mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-named this book elegantly tells the story of two small families (one English and the other German) in Hamburg a year after the war ends as the Allies set about rebuilding Germany so history doesn't repeat itself. Each family needs repaired as well and how they ultimately help each other makes for a touching and satisfying read. Interesting plot twists. Highly recommend.
impressed48 More than 1 year ago
The book was ok, but the writing was very pretentious.
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I knew that Hamburg was a mess after the war, but this novel points out the ineptitude of the British occupation forces. They were, for the most part, very stuffy and really not interested in rehabilitating the German people who were starving.
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Wonderful book! Cannot stop thinking about the different characters.
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mbd96 More than 1 year ago
This book was disappointing. I learned a bit about the Allied Occupation of Germany post-WWII, but otherwise the book was not worth reading: predictable story line, pedestrian dialogue and writing, undeveloped characters. A lot could have been done with the premise of this novel, but it would need a better writer than this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate this book so much + $$$$$$$$$