What Comes After

What Comes After

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What Comes After by Steve Watkins, Emily Janice Card

After the death of her father, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight is uprooted from her hometown in Maine and sent to live on a farm in Craven County, North Carolina, with her hard-bitten aunt Sue and her hulking, monosyllabic cousin, Book. Almost immediately, Iris, a vegetarian and animal lover, clashes with Aunt Sue, who mistreats her livestock, fritters away Iris’s small inheritance, and thinks nothing of striking Iris for the smallest offense.

Grief-stricken and alone, Iris finds solace in her aunt’s willful but lovable herd of goats. But when Iris sets two of the young goats free to save them from slaughter, the tensions between her and Aunt Sue come to a frightening and violent head. Can Iris recover from tragedy for a second time and find a way to save not only her beloved goats but also herself?

Powerful and deeply moving, What Comes After is at its heart an affirmation of the redemptive power of animals and the resilience of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611065169
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs. 16 min.
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Steve Watkins, an associate professor at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, is a short-story writer and winner of a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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What Comes After 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!! It is about a girl whos dad died and so she had to go stay with her aunt who abuses her. In the end she gets what she obviously wanted;happiness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 3 days and thats pretty fast for me!!! Every second i got i wanted to read this book. I personally felt terrible for iris and all she has been through. I think that the austhor of this book should write a second one on where Iris is now. Think this is a great book! Again it was 233 pages and you will get sucked in, in no time. The begining isnt the best but if you keep reading it gets better.. i promise!!!! Enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“What Comes After” Review In “What Comes After,” the story is about a teenage girl named Iris whom has suffered the loss of her father, and the abandonment of her mother when she was a little girl. She has to leave everything behind including her best friend Beatrice back in Maine, to go live with her Aunt Sue and cousin, Book, down in North Carolina. Iris’s life is filled with only sorrow and heavy chores around the farm; not to mention the hatred she has to deal with from her aunt. The only friends Iris has is a dog named Gnarly, and the other residents that live on the farm- goats, but one day, everything changes when Aunt Sue’s abuse is taken too far. The author of “What Comes After,” Steve Watkins, wrote this because he was trying to convey to the reader that life isn’t what you’ll normally expect- a perfect family, perfect friends, etc. That simply doesn’t exist, but, he did try to tell his audience that what comes after a big storm, is a rainbow. Just when you think you are thrown a curve-ball, be ready to swing at it in case it’s curved right toward your face. This book has a moral, and that is basically the importance of staying strong throughout the rough moments life can throw at you; if you don’t, then there’s no reason to fight for your life in the first place. Iris thought she had nothing, but really, all she had was herself and the animals on the farm, and that was all she really needed; all she fought for. Personally, I find this book interesting. The reason why I find it interesting, is because it is easy to connect to, and understand what this girl was going through. It gives the readers some gratification to know that their lives aren’t as bad as Iris’s life. It makes the readers feel thankful as well. Pretty much anyone who likes the thrill of an “emotional rollercoaster” would enjoy curling up with this book on a rainy afternoon. The story, although fictional, is accurate to regular aspects of life: teen hood, family issues, school, etc. This novel did a great job of making that connection with the reader because we all either are, or have gone through some sort of dilemma that has left a mark on us. So, because of this connection with the events that happen to Iris, it gives the audience an opportunity to bond with her not just as a character, but as a real person, too. In my opinion, the topic of this storyline is what everyone needs to read. If people didn’t, they wouldn’t necessarily be ignorant, but would be hindering themselves from wonderful emotional experience. They would also ignore the fact on how to perceive life different from the norm. The thoroughness is clear and is interpreted well. Everything that happens to Iris is explained through her thought process. Iris explains why Aunt Sue is bitter; she explains why Book acts the way he does, and Iris can interpret why Beatrice doesn’t act the same after she moved to North Carolina. All current events are clear, except for why there’s a predicament between her mother, and Aunt Sue.
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I don't eat bacon ewwwwww gross I eat soy bacon it is sooo good
Jeanette de la Rosa More than 1 year ago
The story was great but there were some parts that made me really sad.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can one servive without BACON????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it sounds like good book, but a little violent. What is the thing Book does that is so bad it lands him and his mom in jail?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 . It should be i havent read this book yet or something like that. 2. It is illegal to assult someone and when he did someone found out and he was sent to jail. Hope this helped, Jasmine