When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse, a sign of good fortune, she thought, for her and her mother, Crystal But that moment of darkness foreshadowed a much larger one two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine It took twelve years to find the killer In that time, Sarah rebuilt her shattered life amid abandonment, police interrogations, and the exacting toll of trauma She dreamed of a trial, but when that day came itbrought no closure It was not her mothers death she wanted to understand, but her life She began her own investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, taking her deep into the darkness of an American town A memoir of unerring power and hard won wisdom and a tender elegy for a mother lost, with After the Eclipse Perry succeeds in restoring her mothers humanity and her own New York Times Book Review Margo Jefferson...
|Title||:||After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search|
|Publisher||:||Mariner Books September 4, 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
|File Size||:||871 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search Reviews
Don't be put off by the dark subject matter. Perry has taken a story that would have been an unmitigated tragedy in other hands and infused it with warmth, light, and humanity. I'm surprised others have said it's a hard read because page after page I couldn't believe how full of hope this book was. It’s a story about the challenges and hard-won victories of the working poor, about the decisions strong women make under the most unsympathetic circumstances, and the way family ties break down and rebuild in the aftermath of a tragedy.
A daughter's loving tribute to the mother she lost way too early. This is an extremely well-written yet heartbreaking memoir of the life and untimely death of Crystal Perry.
This book is about continued love and sacrifice between a mother and daughter, and keeping Crystal's memory alive beyond the horrors of her death. It also recognizes the extensive impact that violence against women has on entire families and communities - and above all, how humans (in this case, Sarah) have incredible capacity for strength, resiliency, and healing- even in the absence of closure.
I can’t recommend Sarah Perry’s brilliant and beautiful After the Eclipse highly enough. I haven’t consumed a book so quickly with such attention in a very long time. If you have read any reviews you will know about the act of horrific violence at the heart of this story, but Sarah’s comments in a few interviews that this book is about her “mother who was murdered” not her “mother’s murder” ring true - After the Eclipse goes back generations into the past, tells Crystal’s story, the story of Sarah and Crystal’s life together, and of Sarah’s life growing up and navigating adolescence and adulthood without her mother. After the Eclipse is also an investigation of the spectrum of violence men perpetrate against women - the violence that, whether we have experienced it first hand or not, is always lurking on the periphery of our vision as we go about our business, not just as a threat, but as a sort of ugly promise. The reason we humor the guy at the bar, lest he get angry, or walk to our cars with keys between our fingers. Sarah’s book is wise and clear-eyed in its investigation of the crime and these connections and it is so deserving of all the praise it’s getting from critics. I promise, you will love After the Eclipse. READ THIS BOOK.