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The Aftermath (Movie Tie-In Edition)
Media tie-in
By (author): Rhidian Brook
9780735278707 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Mar 05, 2019
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.1 x 8 x 0.72 in 352 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
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.

Story Locale: Hamburg, Germany

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.

RHIDIAN BROOK is an award-winning writer of fiction, television and film. His debut novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones,won the 1997 Somerset Maugham Award, a Betty Trask Award, the Author’s Club First Novel Award

and was made into a film starring Jonathan Pryce. His numerous stories have appeared in the Paris Review and New Statesman and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Author Residence: London, England

Author Hometown: Tenby, Wales

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @Rhidianbrook

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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