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After the end
2019
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From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh comes a deeply moving and page-turning novel about an impossible choice--and the two paths fate could take.

"A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it."--Liane Moriarty

"Tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult."-- Publishers Weekly

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers--unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.

What if they could have both?

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper , Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.
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Heart-breaking tragedy and unthinkable decisions lie at the center of Mackintosh's fourth novel, a turn towards a different type of suspense. Max and Pip Adams are the perfect couple, and they're living the perfect life until their three-year-old son, Dylan, becomes critically ill. Forced to make a choice about his care and future, they find themselves at an impasse, unable to agree on which path is right. But what if it were possible to go down both roads? Mackintosh uses a clever combination of alternate narration and parallel stories to explore what happens to the Adams' relationship if each of the possibilities is chosen. Inspired by a similar situation with her own son, Mackintosh makes readers question what makes a choice right or wrong. How can you move forward if you never know whether or not you did the right thing? Max and Pip are thoroughly relatable, compelling, and as are most people, complex. Sure to keep fans of Jodi Picoult or of Tayari Jones' An American Marriage (2018) thinking about issues of morality and marriage long after the last page.--Tracy Babiasz Copyright 2019 Booklist
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