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Love After Love

by Ingrid Persaud

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Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2020
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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After Betty Ramdin's husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo. Over time, the three become a family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment.

Solo flees Trinidad for New York to carve out a lonely existence as an undocumented immigrant, and Mr. Chetan remains the singular thread holding mother and son together. But soon, Mr. Chetan's own burdensome secret is revealed, with heartbreaking consequences. Love After Love interrogates love and family in all its myriad meanings and forms, asking how we might exchange an illusory love for one that is truly fulfilling.
 
In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.

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"In chapters alternately narrated by Solo, Betty, and Chetan in vibrant Trinidadian dialect, Persaud expertly maps the trio's emotional development and builds a complicated yet seamless plot full of indelible insights and poignant moments. This affecting family saga shines brightly." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Writing in vibrant Trinidadian dialect, Persaud renders her characters with great empathy and care. If the novel's structure feels a bit uneven (with the second section dragging a bit), the ending gives readers some much-needed relief. A harrowing domestic drama full of heart." - Kirkus Reviews

"Restless, heartbreaking, and intensely spellbinding, Love After Love will stay with you long after the last page." - André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name

"Love After Love is gift after gift. An unforgettable symphony of love and loss, heartache and guilt, and the secrets and lies that pull us together, and tear us apart. Dazzlingly told in the most electrifying prose you will read all year." - Marlon James, Booker Prize–winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

"This is a formidable debut by an emerging writer who understands her subject, the island of Trinidad, with all its contrariness, a place where it is still, for some, a hard place to openly love another." - Monique Roffey, award-winning author of Archipelago and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

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Born in Trinidad, Ingrid Persaud won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC Short Story Award in 2018. She studied law at the London School of Economics and was a legal academic before earning degrees in fine art at Goldsmiths College and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Prospect, and Pree magazines. Persaud lives in London and Barbados.

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