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After You

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Posted at
25. Oct, 16:48
Other Nairobi Nairobi

Grief is a tricky subject.

It's a tricky subject in real life, because no two people will ever deal with it in exactly the same way, and often we expect people to deal with their grief much differently than they actually do.

I admit, I was anxious to read After You, Jojo Moyes' follow-up to Me Before You, the book that rolled quietly into blockbuster status three years ago. In that book, Moyes forced readers to look unflinchingly at a troubling subject: a quadriplegic man who wanted to end his own life. Louisa (Lou) Clark gets a job as part caretaker, part companion to Will Traynor, a formerly vigorous and successful man who is confined to a wheelchair, unable to do nearly anything for himself. Lou falls for Will, and Will falls for Lou — but not hard enough to change his mind.

In After You, Lou is dealing with both the grief of losing Will and the guilt and occasional regret of helping him end his life. Will left her a significant amount of money, on the condition that she live an interesting life, but nothing that she's done since his death has left her feeling satisfied or able to fill the hole he's left.

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