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  • File Size: 160 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ITV0K8
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Hillary Jordan grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She received her BA in English and Political Science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She got her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

Her first novel, MUDBOUND, was published by Algonquin Books in March 2008 and became an international bestseller. It won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and awarded biennially to an unpublished debut novel that addresses issues of social justice, as well as a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was the 2008 NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Assoc.) Fiction Book of the Year and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. PASTE Magazine named it one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade. MUDBOUND has been translated into French, Italian, Serbian, Swedish and Norwegian.

Hillary's second novel, WHEN SHE WOKE, was published by Algonquin Books in October 2011. It was a #1 Indie Next pick, one of BookPages Best Books of 2011 and a BookList Editor's Choice for Best Fiction of 2011. It has been translated into French, Spanish and Turkish. German, Chinese and Brazilian editions are forthcoming.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on October 6, 2012
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If you're old enough, you may remember the "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show, where a rogue elephant in a circus parade mistook Chuckles the Clown for a huge peanut and "shelled" him to death. His comrades at the TV station were heartbroken by the tragedy, but also could hardly suppress their laughter. "Aftermirth" dealt with those same mixed emotions that come from bizarre, freakish accidents where people are killed.

In the story, narrator Michael Larssen, whose wife was killed when lightning struck her nickel-titanium underwire bra, withdraws completely from the world. Only when he meets Elena, whose father was killed in a freakish industrial accident, does he begin to live again. On one of the strangest pilgrimages ever, they meet others who have lost loved ones in bizarre accidents, and they learn the startling secret to moving on with their lives.

I enjoyed "Aftermirth" very much. The storyline was quite original, and the characters - even the dead ones - were painted vividly enough to be real people. Kudos to Ms. Jordan for a very intriguing and entertaining story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennepstein on October 9, 2012
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Hillary Jordan demonstrates yet again how little you REALLY know her as a writer...."Aftermirth" is unexpected, irreverent and super-smart, finding both humor and human connection in that most bleak of topics: death. A fantastic and thought-provoking read, by one of the best (and clearly most versatile) literary voices out there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ADavis on October 13, 2012
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Alas, the sacrifices that some people make to take their genes out of the human gene pool. "Aftermath" tells the story not only of people who have contributed to their death by their own foolish actions but also of those who have met their ends through bizarre, albeit humorous, circumstances. While the story naturally has a morbid thread, its message goes well beyond death and bereavement. If anything, it shows that death can forge the beginning of new relationships - and, let's face it, that the means to the end can be pretty damn funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Lynn on October 9, 2012
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Funny for funny's sake is a big accomplishment in itself, but what Hillary Jordan has done in Aftermirth goes far beyond that: she's written a laugh-up-my-coffee story about death that turns out to be seriously moving in the end. (which surprised me -- I was so distracted by the laughs that I didn't see the emotions coming) This is the best kind of fairy tale, one that's a great ride, unpredictable, and charming. Do I need to mention, again, that it's hilarious? I mean, it starts with an electrocuting bra. Try to top that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Ford on October 9, 2012
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Once again Hillary Jordan shows off her dynamic range as an author as she pivots to create a wholly believable, yet farcical, tragic-comedy. Borderline metafiction, this story never lets structure get in the way of poignant truths about death, loss, grief, and recovery. I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshingly honest tall tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dagny on October 8, 2012
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Hillary Jordan has a way of taking me on a journey that I don't want to end. In Aftermirth, she brilliantly balances the powerful human insights that come from enduring conspicuous, highly visible loss with a laugh-until-you-cry account of being head-butted to death by a goat. Sheer genius. Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan B. Siegel on November 11, 2012
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Funny, then moving, then funnier and (finally) even more moving. And still funny! Hillary Jordan just "gets it right," with nary a bogus moment from first word to last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By victoria bell on November 10, 2012
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I didn't know what to expect, given the premise, but found this short novel (long story?) to be engaging and thought provoking- not prize winning literature but just very good storytelling. A fair amount of genuinely funny passages, and honestly human encounters. Interesting characters, well presented, I wanted to see what they did, how they fared, and I was satisfied in the end. Some of these shorts leave me shrugging, eh? And forgetting all about them the next day. This one stays with me.
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