JoAnne Tompkins with Aimee Liu - What Comes After (Online Event)

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 6:00pm

Book Passage Presents

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 • 6:00pm • Live • Online

In conversation with Aimee Liu • Signed copies available!

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After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys’ families in this moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses—until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.

Evangeline’s arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isn’t equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future.

With a propulsive mystery at its core, What Comes After offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.

JoAnne Tompkins was inspired to become a writer by the human resiliency she observed in her first career as a mediator and judicial officer. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Aimee Liu is author of the novels Glorious Boy, Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face. Her nonfiction includes Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, and a memoir, Solitaire. Aimee teaches in Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.


JoAnne Tompkins photo courtesy of author; Aimee Liu photo by Emily Claire Petrie


What Comes After: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593085998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - April 13th, 2021

Glorious Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098892
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - May 12th, 2020