MOVIE: A film adaptation is set for release in April 2019. Directed by James Kent, it stars Keira Knightley as Rachel Morgan, Jason Clarke as the Colonel, and Alexander Skarsgård as Stefan Lubert.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY: This emotional thriller recounts an affair between a British army officer’s wife and the German widower with whom they live.The Colonel is based on the author’s grandfather, giving the novel great immediacy and emotional resonance, and strong hooks for publicity.
REVIEWS & BLURBS: Reviewers responded very well to The Aftermath, calling it “superb” (The Guardian) and “moving” (Financial Times), with The Washington Post drawing a comparison to Sebald. It has also received support from some of the best authors in literary fiction, including Joseph O’Neill and Claire Messud.
READER RESPONSE: Reader reviews are glowing—particularly among fans of historical fiction—with the complexity of the characters being singled out for praise.
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
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