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Publisher's Summary

“A stellar debut ... about an unconventional family, fear, hatred, violence, chasing love, losing it and finding it again just when we need it most.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Winner of The Costa Book Award • “A wonder ... [This book] teems with real, Trinidadian life.” (Claire Adam, award-winning author of Golden Child)

Semi-Finalist for The OCM Bocas Prize • One of the Best Books of the Summer: Time The Guardian Goop Women’s Day LitHub

After Betty Ramdin’s husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo. Over time, the three become a family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment.

Solo flees Trinidad for New York to carve out a lonely existence as an undocumented immigrant, and Mr. Chetan remains the singular thread holding mother and son together. But soon, Mr. Chetan’s own burdensome secret is revealed, with heartbreaking consequences. Love After Love interrogates love and family in all its myriad meanings and forms, asking how we might exchange an illusory love for one that is truly fulfilling.

In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.

©2020 Ingrid Persaud (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Named after one of the Caribbean's most famous poems, Love After Love is a perfect storm of a book, written in the wake of the groundbreaking Jason Jones LGBT win in 2018. If you want to understand the cultural complexities of a contemporary Caribbean island life, read this novel. Persaud deftly weaves together harsh realities of an island state still struggling with a brutal past. But while this book is dark, it’s funny too; it crackles with the language and wordplay that is the everyday picong spoken on the island. This is a formidable debut by an emerging writer who understands her subject, the island of Trinidad, with all its contrariness, a place where it is still, for some, a hard place to openly love another.” (Monique Roffey, award-winning author of Archipelago and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle)

“Restless, heartbreaking, and intensely spellbinding, Love After Love will stay with you long after the last page.” (André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name)

Love After Love is gift after gift. An unforgettable symphony of love and loss, heartache and guilt, and the secrets and lies that pull us together, and tear us apart. Dazzlingly told in the most electrifying prose you will read all year.” (Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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Real and Raw

Enjoyed the perspective from the 3 main characters and the west Indian style of saying things. Though I found the swearing to be a bit much, I enjoyed the honesty of the storyline and appreciated the perspective of those voices that are underrepresented. An open mind is needed for this book as those who consider themselves Christian right or very religious may be put off though I do think they would probably need to read this more than anyone else.

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a beautiful, ugly glimpse into a Trini family

First I say thank you to Persaud for the story and narration. Besides the telling of a trini story by an ACTUAL trini (oral representation matters), the themes in Persaud’s book are so real, I had to pause many times feeling similar triggers from my own upbringing. Persaud had me furious with characters in one minute and empathizing with them the next. I was moved by how authentic it was in its beauty and in its ugliness of how life can be (for some) in T&T, even now.

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  • Alicia J.
  • 2020-09-19

Great book

TRIGGER WARNING: this book discusses domestic violence, suicide attempts, self-harm, and violence on homosexuality.

This book brought out different emotions for me. I was ticked off at the son and his reactions to his mother. I didn’t like how he treated her after he found out her secret. I enjoyed reading about the different culture (Trinidad). The characters flowed smoothly. I recommend to all ages.

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  • Donna D. Lewis
  • 2020-09-24

Outstanding

This is one of my new favorite books. Great story but a heartbreaker. I usually hate it when the author reads the book but Ingrid was perfect.

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  • Dearlyn
  • 2021-07-07

Memories

I loved loved this book. Very authentic and brought so many memories of life back home and family. The short time I spent in Trinidad was brought alive again through the story telling. Beautifully written, funny, heartbreaking…all at the same time. Betty and her sayings reminded me so much of my mother and all of her wise and old sayings.

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  • Dorothy
  • 2021-06-04

An absolutely wonderful book!

The author’s narration makes really brings this lovely book to life.
It’s a terrific, though quite sad at times story, with characters often flawed, but thoroughly lovable.
So glad I found this gem.

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  • Andy
  • 2021-05-19

A Book I Can Connect With

Wow. surprising storyline, and overall phenomenal read. The culture, Solo’s travel to Queens, and Mr. Chetan’s storyline were all things I connected with, and I was not disappointed. The way the story branches out was so surprising... but to me it wasn’t too far from unrealistic- it made sense. I am awed Ms. Ingrid Persaud. Love the narration, from the superb use of colloquialisms even to the onomatopoeias.

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  • RueRue
  • 2021-03-29

A story of family

So well written and beautifully narrated. It’s rare to find an author who is also an excellent reader. This is a wonderful story of family. I loved the characters.

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  • ClarelAmure
  • 2021-01-15

Oh My Goodness

Not for the sensitive on social issues, that being said Oh My Goodness Excellent!
The narrator did an amazing job.
The story is heart warming, captivating and heartbreaking all at the same time.
It really held my attention that I kept going back to it over the days and weeks until I finished it.
Must listen until the end!!!!

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  • Kathryn
  • 2020-10-21

Good but very sad

Story was good and narrator fabulous. It had such a constant string of sadness running through.

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  • Tessa Joseph
  • 2020-08-06

Unforgettable story

This book offers an intriguing reflection on love, suffering, and loss. Quite unforgettable, I loved it.

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  • G. Beaubrun
  • 2020-08-06

Unique and captivating

As a Trinidadian living in Los Angeles, this audiobook felt like a gift from my homeland, so I confess to being positively biased.
Love After Love is filled with authentic snippets of island life and “Trini” expressions beautifully presented in the author’s voice. These triggered fond memories for me, but I’m sure will also be a fascinating window into island life and island speak, for most listeners.
The unique story line is captivating, keeping my full attention throughout as the author unapologetically takes on sensitive subjects from angles that most would avoid. Combining lots of amusing dialogue, some surprising twists you won’t see coming and sections that move you to tears, this novel draws us into its small group of characters and repeatedly reminds us that family and love are defined in many different ways.