After Me Comes the Flood
"A beautiful, dream-like, unsettling narrative in which every word, like a small jewel, feels carefully chosen, considered and placed. Rarely do debut novels come as assured and impressive as this one." --Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author of The Paying Guests
Elegant, sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes the Flood is the haunting debut novel by the bestselling author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth.
One hot summer's day, John Cole decides to shut his bookshop early, possibly forever, and drives out of London to see his brother. When his car breaks down on an isolated road, he goes looking for help and finds a dilapidated house. As he approaches, a woman he's never seen before walks out, addresses him by name and explains she's been waiting for him. Entering the home, John discovers an enigmatic group of residents all of whom seem to know who he is, and also claim they have been awaiting his arrival. They seem to be waiting for something else, too--something final...
Written before Sarah Perry's ascension to an internationally bestselling author, After Me Comes the Flood is a spectacular novel of obsession, conviction, and providence.--Sunday Times
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About the Author
Sarah Perry's first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award. She was born in Essex and lives in Norwich, England.
"A beautiful, dream-like, unsettling narrative in which every word, like a small jewel, feels carefully chosen, considered and placed. Rarely do debut novels come as assured and impressive as this one."--Sarah Waters
"A dark, marvelous novel...pour yourself a cool drink and bask in a dazzling new writing talent."--Daily Telegraph
"Deeply creepy and startlingly well-written."--Times Literary Supplement
"Inexplicably gripping from the first page ...a hypnotic performance with an understated, dreamlike conviction."--Sunday Times
"A taut summer thriller."--Harper's Bazaar
"Will haunt the reader long after the final page."--Guardian
"An original and haunting book...a mix of elegant, alluring, but subtly sinister characters...a talented writer."--Daily Mail (UK)
"Perry's work harnesses the mythic power of religious and historical texts to lend weight and wonderment...she is adept at peeling back the skin to reveal a detailed anatomy of psychological motivation...A gripping, memorable, impressive debut."--Independent on Sunday (UK)
"Impressive....Casts a spell that is at once sinister and seductive...We search for our own meaning while succumbing to Perry's elegant prose and dark magic."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Atmospheric, haunting, disturbing."--Wall Street Journal