From the start, I was drawn into Joanne Tompkins’ “What Comes After,” 10/21 in m…

From the start, I was drawn into Joanne Tompkins’ “What Comes After,” 10/21 in my the story of a father reeling from the shocking and gruesome murder of his son by the most unexpected person. By the time the feral, pregnant teen turns up on his doorstep in the dark, I was hooked and couldn’t turn the page fast enough. Using multiple viewpoints, Tompkins deftly unravels the real-life complications of the characters, showing just how much you can really not know your loved ones. (Plus, I (obviously) adored their love of the family’s old pit bull Rufus.) I got so entwined that I became increasingly frustrated with grieving Isaac, who is often silent (equal parts because of his Quaker roots and also how he just processes things) yet as cutting as pregnant Evangeline, even in moments when they could and should be sources of comfort and redemption for each other. What a raw punch-to-the-gut read, one I’m sure will be a @bookofthemonth contender

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