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27 May 2010

Book Tour & Review: Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Title: Life After Yes
Author: Aidan Donnelley Rowley
Publisher: Avon A
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-0061894473
Genre: Fiction

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From the Publisher:

"Music plays. Dad appears. I walk with him, eyes fastened to the floor. When I look up, something is very wrong. There are three grooms."

This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O'Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn't so clear. Quinn's world has become a minefield of men—some living, some gone, and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.

Life After Yes is a blisteringly honest, thoroughly modern tale of life and love in chaos, marking the arrival of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

My Review:

Deeply philosophical, sharp and witty, without a doubt Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, will be one of my top picks for the year. Reading Life After Yes is similar to spending time listening to your best friend, the one with all the wit, yet never realising they are witty, telling their story. I personally have a friend like this and I adore listening his stories so for me, Rowley's writing feels familiar and her characters quickly become friends. The main character, Prudence Quinn O'Malley is going through a series of major life changes. Her father was killed in one of the towers during 9/11, a few months later she is whisked off to Paris and becomes engaged, all the while trying to navigate the world of being a relatively new attorney. As Quinn thinks of her life she has disturbing dreams of her ex-boyfriend Phelps, her current Fiancé Sage McIntyre and Victor, her personal trainer. Quinn is a flawed and uncertain, making her endearing to the reader, along with her quick wit and unpretentious behavior, she is a delightful character. Rowley writes a masterfully crafted novel, with flashbacks, personal character revelations, and descriptive imagery. Throughout the novel it is quite clear Rowley wants to share her love of Manhattan with the reader. Quinn's two best friends Avery and Kayla are complete opposites and together comprise both sides of Quinn. The subject matter is at times rather deep, philosophical, and uncertain, yet Rowley uses her characters' sharp wits to keep the story from becoming too heavy or depressing. Life After Yes is a novel that the reader will fall into and not want to end. Past, present and the fear of the unknown future are all intricately woven into this wonderful book. I highly recommend Life After Yes to any reader, and strongly advise book discussion groups to chose this novel.

About the Author

Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School who writes about life as a mother and writer on her blog Ivy League Insecurities. She was born and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. Life After Yes is her first novel. For more information visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and Facebook.

For more reviews of the book, please follow the book tour.

I received a complimentary copy of Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley from TLC Book Tours to be a part of this tour and offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.



Jessica Lawlor said...

This sounds like a really interesting read...adding it to my list!

trish said...

Sounds like there's a lot to talk about in this book. I love how the characters sound so fleshed out. I guess I'm putting this one on my wish list. :)

Thanks for being on this tour!

Meg said...

There's definitely a ton to discuss in this novel -- so much so that I struggled to write my own review! So many issues, so much moral ambiguity... and that's what made it so great.

I fell completely in love with Life After Yes and, like you, have a feeling I'll be recommending it for a long time! Quinn was such a perfectly flawed character, a real person, and that's what sells me on good books.