After the End

After the End

eBook - 2019
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From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh comes a deeply moving and page-turning novel about an impossible choice—and the two paths fate could take. “A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can’t stop thinking about it.”—Liane Moriarty “Tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult.”—Publishers Weekly   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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9780451490582
Characteristics: 400 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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BPLpicks Jun 04, 2020

There is a very sad premise to this book but the sad tone is overshadowed by the complexities of the social and ethical issues that arise when a young couple is put into a horrible situation. A change of format in the second half of the book will leave the reader surprised and slightly disoriented and requires a bit of reckoning on the reader's part. This is a great choice for people who like books that engage them and make them think.

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dwan33
May 06, 2020

Excellent idea - very well written until the second half - the switching back and forth from year to year - what is that! Person to person - totally confusing! What really happened? I still dont know!

Chapel_Hill_TracyB Feb 12, 2020

Heart-breaking tragedy and unthinkable decisions lie at the center of Mackintosh’s fourth novel, a turn towards a different type of suspense. Max and Pip Adams are the perfect couple, and they’re living the perfect life until their three-year-old son, Dylan, becomes critically ill. Forced to make a choice about his care and future, they find themselves at an impasse, unable to agree on which path is right. But what if it were possible to go down both roads? Mackintosh uses a clever combination of alternate narration and parallel stories to explore what happens to the Adams’ relationship if each of the possibilities is chosen. Inspired by a similar situation with her own son, Mackintosh makes readers question what makes a choice right or wrong. How can you move forward if you never know whether or not you did the right thing? Max and Pip are thoroughly relatable, compelling, and as are most people, complex. Sure to keep fans of Jodi Picoult or of Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage (2018) thinking about issues of morality and marriage long after the last page. First published May 15, 2019 (Booklist) by CHPL's own Tracy B.

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CHRISTI_14
Jan 12, 2020

I thought this an excellent read, well written.

The author writes about a very
painful difficult time in the life of a family grappling with the unthinkable... coping with a life threatening disease in their young son and then if that is not hard enough the mother and father are challenged again when the medical staff caring for the young boy are not able to continue with any treatment as they believe 'enough is enough' and there seems to be no more that can be done.

The mother and father are faced with the most difficult decision of their lives and this throws them into polar opposite thoughts and beliefs.
The doctor working with the young boy is also affected by the parents and the difficult decision to be made.

I liked the way the author handles the different streams of thought and action from both parents.

The author leaves the reader to contemplate the dreadful situation and presents a court decision for both parents and the yes or no to keep their son alive and look for alternative treatment or to slowly take their son off life support.

The novel moves between parents and time so the reader has to continually readjust.... maybe something people in this very situation have to do ....
The author also allows the doctor to have her thoughts and feelings written in to the novel.

This novel gave me lots to think about. Also I like the authors style of writing.

I will read more by this author.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 18, 2019

This one won't be for everyone because being inside the heads of a couple who is having to make the decision about whether or not to continue cancer treatment or switch to palliative care for their toddler son is hard going. That said, the author's note makes clear that she has experience with this topic and it really is well-done, though hard to read.

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sgcf
Nov 01, 2019

I was expecting a psychological thriller in the manner of Mackintosh’s <i>I Let You Go</i> which took my breath away with its twist in the middle. But, no – this is not a psychological thriller. This is over-stretched heart strings and maudlin mea culpa. The little twist midway that follows the paths of two different outcomes held promise. But then I found it repetitive and plodding. Seven years after the pivotal point, despite much hope in each of their lives, the main characters are still saying the same things, are still mired in the same emotions and seem incapable of processing. Honestly, I think what Mackintosh had to say could have been done in 100 fewer pages.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 28, 2019

A couple whose child is very ill faces making decisions regarding the welfare of the child (palliative care versus a stab at a potential cure) and how this decision-making deeply affects their relationship. It also features the impact, both for good and bad, of social media in these times. It was a good book, I felt, right up to the end, although the second half of it when the reader tries to follow the couple's relationship down two different pathways, can be difficult at times to figure out. Anyways, I thought the book was good, but the ending, the last half-page, struck me as really weak, and almost a cop-out. It's important to note that the author lost a young child, so she is writing from a place of some knowledge regarding the impacts emotionally of being unable to protect your child.

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genepy
Sep 14, 2019

Poor imitation of Jodi Picoult's work, first time I'm disappointed with one of her books. A confusing soap opera melodrama.

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jfd5
Aug 24, 2019

Such a very sad story. Hard to read in places, confusing in others as it jumps years ahead and back again from character to character. Glad I finished it. Makes an interesting conversation as to what would you do if in this situation. Heart wrenchng but a beautiful story indeed.
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AnnSkye
Aug 23, 2019

I gave up on this book about ½ way through. The alternating chapters of what could have been left me flat.

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