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Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.
What if they could have both?
A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.
“After the End is a beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can’t stop thinking about it.”
—Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies
“Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you’ll read this year.”
—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone
“Clare Mackintosh’s complex, riveting page-turner grapples with hard questions without ever straying from its emotional true north. I fell in love with the compelling voices of Pip, Max, and Leila as they explored the bravest and most terrifying words in the English language: What if. After the End is gorgeous, heart-wrenching, hope-soaked, and honest. It made me feel a thousand things, and it also made me think. Get an extra copy for a friend; you’re going to need to talk about this one.”
—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Never Have I Ever
“Heart-breaking tragedy and unthinkable decisions lie at the center…Sure to keep fans of Jodi Picoult or of Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage thinking about issues of morality and marriage long after the last page.”
“Mackintosh veers from the thrillers for which she is known into quieter, but no less captivating, territory…[After the End] is tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult.”
“Clare Mackintosh’s After the End is absolutely compulsive reading, a heart-pounding family story with a child’s life in the balance. So skilled is this author, that, just when the reader thinks there is no possible resolution, another door opens. You may think you’ve experienced medical drama before, but you haven’t, not this way.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
“[Clare Mackintosh is] a natural writer, and her powers of observation are keen….An unlikely page turner…A perceptive, skillfully told story.”
After the End is an intimate portrayal of an impossible situation. I found it thought provoking. I plan to introduce this title to my book club. The content is certain to stir interesting discussion. Clare
With over 2 million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh is multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.
Both Clare’s second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her books were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and together have been translated into over thirty-five languages.
Clare is patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.