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After the Party: The page-turning sequel to Ralph’s Party from the bestselling author

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I was down with the main theme of fleeting youth and the changing of personalities based on having kids, becoming a stereotype, etc. A year before, both frustrated with what their lives were like after the birth of their second child, they looked for satisfaction elsewhere, Jem striking up a friendship with a single father and Ralph visiting his best friend--and falling for his best friend's girlfriend.

Jem is Karl’s agent, and Karl’s joke (this is not the first time he has made it) is not funny anymore.The book begins with a prologue, set in the present year, before being split into multiple parts set mainly in the year that causes Jem and Ralph to think about taking a break from each other until we ourselves come up to the breaking point in Jem and Ralph’s relationship. Right,” says Jem, staring at the photo, at the little soul somewhere on the other side of the world, a tiny person without a family, whose whole destiny is about to turn on its axis. Do you feel that both Jem and Ralph are contributing to the problem by neglecting the other—Ralph being too busy for Jem and Jem being too tired for Ralph—or do you think one is more to blame than the other? Faithful to the thriller genre, Jewell makes liberal use of red herrings and plot twists… The answer to the whodunit is a sly – and satisfying – surprise.

Jem pauses and stares at the sleeves of Karl’s pullover, which are encrusted with some kind of beige paste. Ralph and Jem are ordinary and realistic characters, and I felt great sympathy for them as they try and juggle children, home and work, resulting in them forgetting how to relate to each other as a couple. it would have been a positive except for the fact that jewell constantly references the parts of the first book that i would have found imperative to read. Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. towards the end, if one more thing happened, i would have been forced to close the book prematurely.Ralph misses Jem but tries to find his muse - he ends up spending time with an old man and having a fling with a young American. It’s not even really necessary to read Ralph’s Party beforehand as everything is explained very well. I don't want to include spoilers here but I will say this novel took me for an emotional roller coaster ride! capable interweaving of older events into the contemporary narrative recording the ebbing of intimacy. It is a remarkable house, Tardis-like, with unexpected mezzanine floors and rooms off rooms and secret roof terraces.

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