"Thats the thing about falling. It doesnt go on indefinitely, and it rarely ends well..."
In her page-turning fiction debut, neuropsychologist Kylie Ladd delivers a searing portrait of two marriages united and betrayed by friendship.
"I had been married three years when I fell in love," begins Kate, a firecracker of a woman who thought shed found the yin to her yang in Cary, her sensible and adoring husband. For their friend Lukea charismatic copywriter who loves women and attention in equal measure, and preferably togetherlife has been more than sweet beside Cressida, the dutiful pediatric oncologist who stole his heart. But when a whimsical flirtation between Kate and Luke turns into something far more dangerous, the foursome will be irrevocably intertwined by more than just their shared history.
After the Fall follows the origin and fallout of the most passionate of affairs through the eyes of all four characters, unveiling the misunderstandings and unspoken needs that lie beneath our search for love and connection. The narrative moves effortlessly between past and present, painting a nostalgic picture of the two marriages at their most idealisticthe exact moment when like turned to loveand at their most volatile. Thanks to the boundless compassion with which Ladd draws her characters, one cant help but root for them as they wrestle between new found desire and remembrances of time past, all the while spinning toward an inevitable conclusion.
Steeped in psychological insight and raw emotion, After the Fall is an unsettling novel of the many ways we love and hurt each other.
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"Ladd takes on adultery and its consequences in this accomplished debut
The book is told from multiple perspectives, in lush, often beautiful prose. Vivid language makes each page a joy to read." - Kirkus Reviews
"Ladd can turn a phrase and spin a metaphor, but the characters are too thin to sustain sympathy." - Publishers Weekly
"After The Fall examines two marriages racing toward collision. Author Kylie Ladd, using precise and crystalline language, looks through each side of the prism, bringing forth all points of view with raw honesty. The reader will peek out between covered eyes as they watch these husbands and wives in denial singe the ones they love." - Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderers Daughters
"Told from the perspective of each person, the book has a deliciously voyeuristic feel that will have you hooked." -Cosmopolitan (Australian edition, book of the month)
"A subtle, moving and perceptive story of love, loss and hope." - Sydney Morning Herald
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Kylie Ladds writings have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Readers Digest, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. She holds a Ph.D. in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. After the Fall is her first novel. She can be found online at www.kylieladd.com, which includes an excerpt from the book.
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