From award-winning author and screenwriter Rhidian Brook comes a searing novel, set in a Germany ravaged by World War II, that tells the profoundly moving story of two families--one British, one German--thrown into one house, and of love grown from hate. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, and Alexander Scheer.
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.