The Aftermath

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A stunning, powerful blockbuster of passion, betrayal and conscience to rival Atonement and The End of the Affair.
     Hamburg, 1946. Thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its broken people, Captain Lewis is stationed in a grand house on the outskirts of the city, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, out onto the streets, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere, all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.    
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our deepest desires, our fiercest loyalties and the humbling power of forgiveness.


Praise for The Aftermath:
"An entertaining blend of romance, history and suspense, one to which Brook's style is perfectly suited: it's sturdy, stripped down with just the right amount of gnarled beauty poking through the cracks." Toronto Star
"Any good historical novel has to unwind the layers of history that have piled upon the events described and render them as open to possibility and uncertainty as our own present. The Aftermath does that impressively well." The Scotsman
"A stylish, heart-searching and convincing story that by refusing to peddle clichés and received wisdom, memorably refashions this period." Sunday Herald
"Rhidian Brook's arresting novel brings vividly to life a little-told aspect of World War II: its aftermath. His story--energetically and authoritatively told--is unsettling and compelling, suffused with suffering and, mercifully, some hope." Claire Messud