After the End by Claire Mackintosh.
This is a book that I read in one go, as I found that I became engrossed in the story and couldn’t put it down. In fact I am still going back and re-reading parts of it and wondering how I would have coped in a similar situation.
The Author herself states in her notes ‘it was an incredibly difficult to write and for many people it will be a difficult book to read’ but please, please do read all of it as you will not regret it.
The main characters are Pip and her husband Max, a loving couple with a critically ill small child. They have to make an impossible decision whether to continue with treatment or remove life support and let him die. The decision they make will affect their future.
Again from the Author ‘this is a story not about loss but about hope’
We cannot predict our future but we can choose to live again.
My question to Claire is:- It was incredibly brave of you to write this book and to use some of your own experiences in doing so. I have only had to make such decisions about much loved family pets. Was your use of the Robert Frost poem and the two paths with a similar ending, intentional from the beginning or developed as the story evolved?
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