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Aftermath [Kindle Edition]

Ann McMan
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Runner Up - 2013 Rainbow Award for Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction

Readers everywhere fell in love with Syd, Maddie, David, Michael, Pete, and the irrepressible Roma Jean Freemantle in Ann McMan’s 2011 bestseller, Jericho. Now, return to the tiny mountain town in the much anticipated sequel, Aftermath.

Over the past eighteen months, Syd, Maddie, and little Henry have become a family, and things are going surprisingly well for most of Jericho’s residents . . . if you don't count the devastating storm that whips through town. In the weeks and months to come, Syd, Maddie, and all of Jericho are forced to pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes, their lives, and their town. The task is sometimes hard, sometimes emotional, and sometimes absurd, but is always full of smart and sassy humor and an abundance of good food and wine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (15 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From her early days, growing up on the western frontier of Pennsylvania, Ann McMan found creative ways to exercise her gift for fiction. Her first literary endeavors were modest--mostly confined to aphorisms scrawled on cracked pavement with colored chalk.


But as the years passed and her skills increased, she branched out into literary nonfiction--best exemplified by the abstracts that follow.

"Please excuse Ann from gym this week; she has contracted a virulent case of Norwegian Scabies."

Sometimes, the performances were less effective.

"Please excuse Ann from this week's field trip to the IXL Cottage Cheese Creamery. She is suffering from acute bouts of ague and malaria--which, combined, render it impossible for her to travel by bus."

[Ann was unaware that outbreaks of malaria were extremely rare in the Allegheny Mountains. Four days in after-school detention helped her cultivate a greater appreciation for the rigors of research.]

College at an indifferent liberal arts institution taught Ann that understanding subject/verb agreement was not enough to secure her fame and fortune. After graduation, she got a job driving a young adult bookmobile--and spent her days piloting the great rig across the dusty back roads of rural North Carolina. Her duties included making certain that the mobile library always contained at least six copies of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, visiting the county juvenile detention unit (it was a great way to catch up with her brothers), and showing public service films about safe sex to pre-teens at 4-H Clubs all across her part of "The New South."

Soon, the allure of higher education coaxed Ann back to school. For the past three decades, Ann has worked at a succession of premier institutions, designing marketing and advancement materials that promote, promulgate, and extol the benefits of indifferent liberal arts education.

Somebody has to do it.

All this time, she continued to write. And when, at the ripe old age of thirty, she realized that she was not like other girls, the great world of lesbian literature opened its arms, and provided her with a safe haven in which to grow and learn about her new identity. She will forever be indebted to those literary pioneers who had the courage, the talent, and the temerity to gift us all with an art form of our own. Ann's first and subsequent attempts at writing lesbian fiction have been heartfelt attempts to pay that great gift forward.

Her themes are absolutely timeless--they are built around the things that make the world go 'round, like love, money, and modern class distinctions. She writes to what we all respect: the genuine, the authentic, and the deserving. Yet she mocks those things that we all despise, like the affected, the pretentious, and the malicious. Ann McMan wields a metaphorical church key that opens up a world that is broader than two women in love, richer than a small cadre of supporting characters, and more colorful than her colloquial dialogue. She is smart, funny, and unapologetic in her prose, and has the confidence never to talk down to her readers. And, because she understands that for women, the romantic hope and even fantasy that lives inside each and every one of us is a reality that complicates and colors life to an astonishing degree.

As an author, Ann isn't afraid to give voice to cruelty, exploitation of the vulnerable, and soul-deep suffering, but she is remorseless about any kind of falseness, in feeling, or manner or conduct. Women and men who try to be what they are not get skewered within in her pages, held up for ridicule such that they condemn themselves out of their very own mouths. And all of them, through her deliberately expansive domestic circles, are metaphors for those things we all recognize in our own everyday lives, no matter where or how we live.

Ann McMan is the author of four novels, JERICHO, DUST, AFTERMATH, and HOOSIER DADDY--and the story collection SIDECAR. She released the holiday omnibus collection, THREE in December of 2012,

She is currently writing BACKCAST, the further adventures of the CLIT-Con 13 from SIDECAR's "Bottle Rocket, and PATRIARCH, the third book in the JERICHO series.

Ann won a Golden Crown Literary Society Award for SIDECAR in 2013, and has been named a finalist in the Lesbian Romance category of the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards for HOOSIER DADDY.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting sequel 1 Feb 2013
By TerryB
Format:Kindle Edition
The sequel to Jericho

Syd and Maddie are back. Henry is still a part of their family. His father is still serving his country in Afghanistan. All is well in Jericho. Well, it was until a tornado struck, devastating the town and the residents. Businesses and homes have to be re-built. Relationships are strained amid the aftermath of the storm that destroyed so much of the town. But, hard as the job is to get the town shipshape again, the people pull together in ways that may never have happened prior to the tornado.

Although this is the sequel to Jericho, the book can be read as a standalone. There is a really good summary of Jericho at the beginning of the book, plus a list of characters. I would however strongly urge you to read Jericho first, because in my opinion, Jericho is the better book out of the two. I absolutely loved it.

Aftermath is well written, we have all the same loveable, well formed, multidimensional characters we have in Jericho, plus some new ones to add to the fun. All these wonderful characters interact so well together, they are a joy to know.

The story has a serious theme, but also a humorous, (maybe humorous is an understatement) hilarious, side splitting, laugh out loud side to it. There are highs and lows, emotions run wild. Sadness, pain, loss and romance are all just a small part of this book. Personally, I would have liked a little bit more on the romance side, maybe this is why I prefer Jericho to Aftermath. But none the less, this is a nice, longer than average, read.

This book didn't quite end, so I am hoping there will be another book to follow. These characters have so much more to offer, I can't believe this will be the end of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another winner 30 Jan 2013
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I read Jericho after Amazon kept suggesting the book as a good read. Being stubborn, I ignored the suggestion, and then gave in. Of course the book was great (please read my feedback on it) So when I saw Aftermath I didn't think that Ann McMan could follow her sucess of Jericho. Well she did!!! From the very first page I was gripped and it was another (can't put down book) I am not going to go on about the story, but anyone not reading this next book would be missing out on another great read. There are not many books these days that grip you from the start, but this did. Also, along with the drama, the laughter there was sadness and I have to confess to shedding a tear or two. Please do yourself a favour as a self-respecting lesbian and read Jericho and Aftermath. You won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one 13 Jan 2013
By Just Me
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More tales about the lives, loves and tribulations of those endearing residents of Jericho. Ms McMan's humorous rendition of events is not to be missed, as we revisit Syd, Maddie,David, Roma Jean et al..Once again I found it hard to put her story down and I hope that there will be more to come, as the tale is obviously not over yet. But beware! You really need to have read the novel "Jericho" first. Bravo, Ms McMann.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,gripping read!!! 2 Jan 2013
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Ann McMan has written yet another amazing book. If you haven't read Jericho first read it before Aftermath, and you will find yourself hooked from the start & not be able to put it down! Aftermath was well worth the wait!! Hoping for the story to continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please be quick with the next instalment 29 Dec 2012
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I loved this book, I hope it becomes a massive series, and I love the book Jericho before it, I can not wait to drop in on Jericho again soon..
Ann tells a great story, I love this whole town.
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