I had the immense privilege of meeting Katie Ganshert at a the ACFW writers’ conference in 2015 (we may have just shook hands—I don’t quiet remember, however, she left an impression I promptly went home, ordered her YA book and followed her on all her social media accounts—love this lady). Her newest novel, Life After, is nothing short of amazing.
Life After tells the story Autumn Manning, the sole survivor of a train explosion. She struggles deeply with survivor’s guilt (so painful to read—I just wanted to reach out and hug her!) When her life crosses with one of the victim’s family, they must work together to overcome their grief and learn to live again.
This book is so beautifully written. You will be brought to tears on one page and chuckling on the next. Life After has you feeling everything the characters feel. It is a novel that will stay with you long after you are finished. (And the only thing is, you have to wait until 4/18 to read—but trust me. Pre-order now, get the goodies below + this book is so well worth the wait!)
More about Life After
It could have been me.
Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.
Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.
More about the author
Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate.