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Life After


It could have been me.

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.

Title:Life After
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages
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    Life After Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Apr 20, 2017

    What a heartbreaking, beautiful tale! I'm always attracted to tragic stories; not sure if this is due to my love of seeing a hurting soul press through grief and find themselves or what. This was the ...

  • Kara
    Jan 31, 2017

    Where does one find words for emotions that have none? That would be my exact tangle of feelings after finishing this story a mere thirty minutes ago. It is a rare moment that I close the final pages ...

  • Rachel
    Jan 06, 2017

    I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Life After. Katie Ganshert is a favorite novelist of mine and I was eager to dive in. Always a masterful storyteller, Ganshert ups her game in Life A...

  • Staci
    Feb 03, 2017

    Katie's trademark is writing beautiful novels about broken people.In Life After, Autumn Manning struggles to make sense of why she is the lone survivor of a train explosion. She is not at all at peace...

  • Beth
    Feb 25, 2017

    Katie Ganshert’s Life After is one of those books that I have a hard time conveying just how much I loved it and just how profound of an impression it made on me. Of the handful of contemporary auth...

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    May 11, 2017

    Wow. There are so many things I thought about while I read this book. Surprisingly, I didn't cry (which I tend to do with books dealing with grief), but felt very introspective. I think that's due to ...

  • Rissi
    Mar 20, 2017

    23 passengers stepped on a Chicago “L” train on what seems an ordinary day. It’s ordinary for an elderly man who’s been married to his wife for over sixty years. It’s ordinary for a college ...

  • Hannah
    May 10, 2017

    An enjoyable, absorbing, heartfelt story. After having a miss with Katie Ganshert in The Art of Losing Yourself, I was hesitant to try again; but because of friends' excellent reviews, I decided to gi...

  • Cassie
    Feb 25, 2017

    The prologue had me immediately engaged, and from there it never let up. Autumn’s life has been changed dramatically, and no one around her can relate to what she has been through.This book grapples...

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Apr 19, 2017

    The latest novel from Katie Ganshert is perhaps her most riveting. It’s both poignant and profound, and I know I’ll still be thinking about it for months to come. From the very first words, the st...