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A fierce memoir of a mother's murder, a daughter's coming of age in the wake of immense loss and her mission to know the woman who gave her life.
When Sarah Perry was 12, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine, just a few feet from Sarah's bedroom.
The killer escaped unseen; it would take the police 12 years to find him, time in which Sarah grew into adulthood, struggling with abandonment, police interrogations, and the effort of rebuilding her life when so much had been lost. Through it all she would dream of the eventual trial, a conviction - all her questions finally answered. But after the trial, Sarah's questions only grew.
She wanted to understand her mother's life, not just her final hours, and so she began a personal investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, taking her deep into the abiding darkness of a small American town.
Told in searing prose, After the Eclipse is a luminous memoir of uncomfortable truth and terrible beauty, an exquisite memorial for a mother stolen from her daughter and a blazingly successful attempt to cast light on her life once more.
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- Mrs Cathy
Beautifully written, story will stay with you
Really moving, well-written, gripping, heartbreaking but powerful. The story will stay with you for a long time.
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Inspirational, tragic...such a young survivor
Sarah was so young to see what she did, lose what she did and was let down by so many...and yet, she made it....a life story that makes you want to reach out and hug her....an amazing and courageous young lady.