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| "Raw and perfect." —Laura Miller, Slate
"Heartbreaking yet hopeful." —Samantha Irby, Marie Claire
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 twelve, 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 twelve 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.
|Title||:||After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
October 19, 2017
Told with spare prose and gut-wrenching honesty, even when this puts her and her family in a bad light, this memoir is hard to read, but well worth the effort. I can't even imagine how I would have felt if I was a witness to my mother's murder at age12. I admire her strength and her resolve.
October 04, 2017
This memoir is a love letter to her Mother who was murdered. At times it is adjective, adverb, analogy overblown but it comes out of heartfelt agony for the dependence of their lives upon each other, within the horror of her Mother's end. Abrupt, audibly witnessed and brutal murder ripped her fro...
April 04, 2017
Wow. This is a powerful book.
In 1994, Sarah Perry’s mother, Crystal, was murdered in their home while Sarah was only a room away. It was a brutality I can’t even fathom. 12-year-old Sarah was thrust into a world of fear, abandonment, and unspeakable grief.
More than a recounting of events, Sarah...
September 27, 2017
(I have a review copy.) I figured After the Eclipse was going to be heartbreaking, but I couldn't possibly have known it was going to be this good, this devastating, and this important. The whole world feels a little different. I'm stunned. It's (alarmingly) rare for someone to have something new...
October 13, 2017
Truly powerful. Sarah Perry’s story is heartbreaking and inspiring. Her mother would be very proud.
October 15, 2017
This is a brutally honest but beautifully written memoir of Sarah Perry who was around the corner from her mother when she was murdered. The author takes us through her journey of before the murder and after while she tries to understand her mother, their relationship and her mother's murder.
October 07, 2017
A daughter's loving tribute to the mother she lost way too early. This is an extremely well-written yet heartbreaking memoir of the life and untimely death of Crystal Perry.
Twelve year old Sarah Perry is awakened one night by the sound of her mother, Crystal's, screams as Crysta...
October 21, 2017
This was one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of them.
Sarah Perry was twelve when her single mother was murdered by an unknown monster in the room next to hers. She heard it all; she was powerless to stop it. After The Eclipse is her powerful story. It takes us through th...
October 11, 2017
So so so so so so great.
September 28, 2017
Another Great, Yet Heartbreaking, Memoir True Crime: (Trigger Warning: Rape/ Suicidal Thoughts)
While I can’t imagine how they find the strength to write about the tragedies that altered their lives, I find I prefer the true crime memoirs written by survivors or relatives over true crime written b...