After the Eclipse

After the Eclipse

A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's Search

Book - 2017
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"Stunning." -- Entertainment Weekly | "Raw and perfect." -- Laura Miller, Slate
"Heartbreaking yet hopeful." -- Samantha Irby, Marie Claire

"[Perry] is a wonderful writer...Beauty and tenderness rise up through the darkness...[She] succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity, and her own." -- Bliss Broyard, The New York Times Book Review

A fierce memoir of a mother's murder, a daughter's coming-of-age in the wake of immense loss, and her mission to know the woman who gave her life.

When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine, just a few feet from Sarah's bedroom.

The killer escaped unseen; it would take the police twelve years to find him, time in which Sarah grew into adulthood, struggling with abandonment, police interrogations, and the effort of rebuilding her life when so much had been lost. Through it all she would dream of the eventual trial, a conviction--all her questions finally answered. But after the trial, Sarah's questions only grew. She wanted to understand her mother's life, not just her final hours, and so she began a personal investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, taking her deep into the abiding darkness of a small American town.

Told in searing prose, After the Eclipse is a luminous memoir of uncomfortable truth and terrible beauty, an exquisite memorial for a mother stolen from her daughter, and a blazingly successful attempt to cast light on her life once more.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544302655
Characteristics: xv, 350 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 30, 2018

Beautifully written, reads like a novel. I wanted to hold 12 year old Sarah in my arms and hug grown up Sarah.

Jan 28, 2018

This was such a heartfelt yet tough read. The author details her experiences as a child when her mother is murdered and her killer finally captured 12 years later. It flashes back and forth between loving memories of her and her mother to the present day. Her account of the actual murder and the subsequent trial were so tough to read but this is a book well worth it.

mko123 Jan 20, 2018

I read this book in one sitting. The ghastly murder of a young, single mom in a small town makes us cringe. It destroys our ideals of small-town-American. But it also makes us take a good look at ourselves and ask why it is that we still, in the back of minds, believe that somehow, free-spirited women get what they deserve when rape and murder happen. When do we start looking at the white-male-privilege , destructive notions that promote and defend this mindset?

DPLjennyp Jan 16, 2018

This book starts out so strong, but looses its path halfway through. Still, a great read for fans of true crime such as Serial and The Making of a Murderer.

Oct 21, 2017

The author offers a compelling read before the murder and after the murder.

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