The World of After
Format: Trade Paperback w/ Flaps
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC071000 FICTION / Friendship
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical / General
Publication Date: April 17, 2021
When Kevin, an Irish Montrealer, attends graduate school at Oxford University in the early 1990s he meets Leon, a London Jew from a Communist family, and Alex, a Soviet defector’s son raised in Toronto. As the trio begins to form a complex and conflicted friendship, Alex pulls away and spends more of his time tutoring a charming, yet troubled, upper-class undergraduate and less of it with Kevin and Leon. In a fit of jealousy, Kevin and Leon play a prank on Alex and the undergrad, a prank with dire consequences.
Ultimately, the three young men go their separate ways, but what happened that night binds them together and helps lead them to freedom and self-discovery in a post-Cold War world.
“… Charming, with a sweeping but easy prose that evokes the ennui of Oxford as easily as the scars of war-torn Yugoslavia.”
— Justin Warshaw, Times Literary Supplement