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Coffin has written a deeply engaging novel of the struggle of a trauma survivor that makes the reader question what survival really means. We are carried into the near-madness of PTSD and the search for resolution. The tale of how, and whether, resolution occurs, written in Coffin’s evocative style, makes for compelling reading. The Aftermath is not so much read as experienced.—Rebecca Meredith, Author of Last of the Pascagoula
Coffin brings to the page a very real conflict faced by many people. She shows how the struggle to survive, to heal, exacts itself morally and physically on a person. Her resolution brings a contemporary edge to the narrative. The action resolves in a surprising and yet perhaps inevitable outcome that needs to be heard and considered by the contemporary world. This is a book of suspense to savor. The Aftermath testifies to the struggle of all of us to be whole. —Dustin Pickering, Author of A Matter of Degrees, Founder of Transcendent Zero Press
“In rich, nuanced prose, Coffin weaves a wide-ranging story. We experience a young woman's initial devastation and dependency, then move with her beyond that, to a denouement which is both unexpected and convincing. The Aftermath is an exploration of love far beyond its physical manifestations. Consensual and non-consensual sex are here, as well as homosexuality and bi-sexuality-- and an utterly “straight” knight. In the hands of a seasoned fiction writer, we are carried forward by the compelling narrative of a woman learning to be brave. —Laureen Nussbaum, Author of Shedding Our Stars
Paperback: 314 pages
Product dimensions: 6 x 0.85 x 9 inches
Publishing date: November 12, 2020
Lyn Coffin (b. 1943) is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, playwright, translator. More than 30 of her books have been published by Doubleday, Ithaca House, Abattoir Editions and others. Her poems have won many awards and been published in more than a hundred literary reviews and magazines. Her plays have been performed in Singapore, Detroit, Boston, Off Broadway, Ann Arbor and Seattle. She was a recipient of a Michigan Council for the Arts grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities Award.