Published by Aria
Available in ebook and paperback (14 July 2018)
| About the Book |
If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her…
Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become – or why she and her husband can’t even be in the same room anymore.
With life as she knew it in tatters around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off ‘consciously uncoupling’ like a celeb. But she’s starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be… happier?
by Fiona Perrin
The Story After Us is set in north London. It was where I lived when my children were young and I remember the wide leafy streets, hills and Victorian houses really well. It was the sort of place you ought to live – I part-owned a dot.com company and we’d moved out of our loft in Hoxton when I got pregnant; we now had two kids under three, a growing business and a lovely house in a picture-perfect street.
Like my heroine Ami, though, my life was far from being in a magazine spread. My marriage – not helped by the pressures of kids and a growing business – was imploding and although my then-husband and I loved each other very much, we were very unconsciously uncoupling.
Ami is in the same situation with her workaholic husband, Lars. She goes out of her front door and walks down the street and catches the bus over the top of the hill, through Crouch End to get to the tube at Finsbury Park, and gets out at her office in Soho (mine wasn’t that glamorous unfortunately). And as she travels, she has to ask whether the love she and Lars had is enough to hold their marriage together for the sake of her children; or whether the end is really sometimes the beginning.
The Story After Us is not my story, but it’s set in north London and definitely inspired by what happened there. It’s an area I still adore: all villages that are really in a city, heaths and parks where it should be anywhere but London. I stayed there for many years and built the messy, blended, modern family I have today, but that’s another story altogether!
My thanks to Kelly of LoveBooksGroup for the tour invitation and to Fiona for providing the guest post.
| About the Author |
Fiona was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us.
As a mother and stepmother to four teenagers while holding down a fairly full-on job, she wanted to write grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families – with all their heartbreak, humour and hope.
She grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then Hertfordshire, and now she writes as often as possible from her study overlooking the sea at the end of the Lizard Peninsula, back in Cornwall. She’s currently there, writing her second novel for Aria.