After the Eclipse
A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's SearchBook - 2017
"Heartbreaking yet hopeful." -- Samantha Irby, Marie Claire
"[Perry] is a wonderful writer...Beauty and tenderness rise up through the darkness...[She] succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity, and her own." -- Bliss Broyard, The New York Times Book Review
A fierce memoir of a mother's murder, a daughter's coming-of-age in the wake of immense loss, and her mission to know the woman who gave her life.
When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine, just a few feet from Sarah's bedroom.
The killer escaped unseen; it would take the police twelve years to find him, time in which Sarah grew into adulthood, struggling with abandonment, police interrogations, and the effort of rebuilding her life when so much had been lost. Through it all she would dream of the eventual trial, a conviction--all her questions finally answered. But after the trial, Sarah's questions only grew. She wanted to understand her mother's life, not just her final hours, and so she began a personal investigation, one that drew her back to Maine, taking her deep into the abiding darkness of a small American town.
Told in searing prose, After the Eclipse is a luminous memoir of uncomfortable truth and terrible beauty, an exquisite memorial for a mother stolen from her daughter, and a blazingly successful attempt to cast light on her life once more.
From Library Staff
mko123 Jan 20, 2018
I read this book in one sitting. The ghastly murder of a young, single mom in a small town makes us cringe. It destroys our ideals of small-town-American. But it also makes us take a good look at ourselves and ask why it is that we still, in the back of minds, believe that somehow, free-spirited ... Read More »
May 12, 1994. Sarah was 12 years old when she woke up to hear her 30-year old mother, Crystal, being stabbed to death in the room the next door. It would take 12 more years for the authorities to find the person that committed this heinous crime. This is such a well-written book. Sarah's memo... Read More »