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

af Sarah Perry

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. "A heartfelt memoir and a suspenseful story" of a murdered mother (Gabourey Sidibe, Book of the Month Club).

When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse; she took it as a good omen for her and her mother, Crystal. But that moment of darkness foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine. It took twelve years to find the killer. In that time, Sarah rebuilt her life amid abandonment, police interrogations, and the exacting toll of trauma. She dreamed of a trial, but when the day came, it brought no closure. It was not her mother's death she wanted to understand, but her life. She began her own investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, deep into the darkness of a small American town. "Pull[ing] the reader swiftly along on parallel tracks of mystery and elegy" in After the Eclipse, "Perry succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity and her own" (The New York Times Book Review).

"Raw and perfect . . . After the Eclipse [has] an eerie, heartbreaking power that it shares with the very best of true crime."??Laura Miller, Slate
"A gut punch . . . A heartbreaking yet hopeful testament to human resilience."??Samantha Irby, Marie Claire
"With clear, powerful prose, Perry paints a portrait of unconventional motherhood while questioning society's handling of violence against women. Reminiscent of Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts, After the Eclipse tells the very human story at the center of a needless crime."??W Magazine
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Tragic and heartbreaking. Beautifully written. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Wow! Such a tragic story. Sarah Perry openly shares about her mother’s murder when she was 12 years of age. She’s an excellent writer and story teller. She structures her book to fluctuate between her life chronologically before and after her mother’s death. It’s so heartbreaking to have lost her mother at that age and so tragically. To compound her situation, her father was not active in her life and she was bounced between family members living in different parts of the state or even out of state, often at a moment’s notice. I felt such compassion for her to have only felt accepted by family members instead of feeling wanted by them. The quality of the narration definitely brought about a somber vibe that added to the intensity of the story. ( )
  NatalieRiley | Jun 17, 2023 |
Let’s be real. I think part of the reason we’re fascinated with true crime nonfiction is because we sometimes get to hear directly from the survivors. We get to be witness by proxy. Did they know what would happen? What did they see? How did they feel? Sarah Perry gets into all of this from the start of her memoir and the shock of her mother’s death is real and incredibly sobering. Perry doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable imagery and descriptions (e.g. the “sturgeon” will stay with me for a long, long time).

This is a powerful memoir about the repercussions of unspeakable violence and a daughter piecing together memories of her mother. ( )
  MC_Rolon | Jun 15, 2022 |
Heartbreaking. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
What struck me most about this moving memoir was the way the author so deftly showed the reader how others responded to her, how it made her feel, and how she understood their perspectives. When she felt like an outcast, I felt that way, too. I hadn't thought about how other kids at a school might say "That's weird" about another kid's mom being killed, or that a friend in New York, removed from any violence in her own life, might imply that her mother was killed because she was promiscuous. She showed us a side of a murder that was both upsetting and uncomfortable in a way I hadn't seen in a memoir like this before. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Family & Relationships. True Crime. Nonfiction. HTML:

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. "A heartfelt memoir and a suspenseful story" of a murdered mother (Gabourey Sidibe, Book of the Month Club).

When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse; she took it as a good omen for her and her mother, Crystal. But that moment of darkness foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine. It took twelve years to find the killer. In that time, Sarah rebuilt her life amid abandonment, police interrogations, and the exacting toll of trauma. She dreamed of a trial, but when the day came, it brought no closure. It was not her mother's death she wanted to understand, but her life. She began her own investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, deep into the darkness of a small American town. "Pull[ing] the reader swiftly along on parallel tracks of mystery and elegy" in After the Eclipse, "Perry succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity and her own" (The New York Times Book Review).

"Raw and perfect . . . After the Eclipse [has] an eerie, heartbreaking power that it shares with the very best of true crime."??Laura Miller, Slate
"A gut punch . . . A heartbreaking yet hopeful testament to human resilience."??Samantha Irby, Marie Claire
"With clear, powerful prose, Perry paints a portrait of unconventional motherhood while questioning society's handling of violence against women. Reminiscent of Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts, After the Eclipse tells the very human story at the center of a needless crime."??W Magazine

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