After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search

After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search

"Stunning." Entertainment Weekly  | "Raw and perfect." Laura Miller, Slate
"Heartbreaking yet hopeful." Samantha Irby, Marie Claire

"[Perry] is a wonderful writer...Beauty and tenderness rise up through the darkness...[She] succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity, and her own."
Bliss Broyard, The New York Times Book Review

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.
 

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  • This is such a well-written and powerful read. Sarah Perry was only 12 years old when her mother was murdered as she lay sleeping in the next room. The murder was particularly brutal and vicious and S...

  • 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 fe...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 thru...

  • (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 worl...

  • 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...

  • This book....So heartbreaking, so well written - it's unbelievable that this is a memoir. I hope Sarah keeps writing. ...

  • "Because of her, I used to try and save the tiny moles our cat chased in the yard. Because of her, I sing along to the radio, in my terrible voice, and I drive with the windows down, the air whipping ...

  • Truly powerful. Sarah Perry’s story is heartbreaking and inspiring. Her mother would be very proud....

  • So so so so so so great....

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