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After Phoenix ebook

by Martine McDonagh


When teenager Phoenix is killed in a motor bike accident, his family is devastated by his death. His mother Katherine's mental health deteriorates and she casts blame upon her journalist husband, JJ. Grief-stricken, JJ moves into the garden shed and shifts his focus to the upcoming general election.

Martine McDonagh is however so good at writing about grief and the lonliness and isolation this brings that you are compelled by the characterisation. The daughter, Penny, also brings a lightness to the story, as does the backdrop of the late 70s political turmoi. I really loved her first novel, I have waited, and you have come and this book is just as good. Very dark in places, but ultimately This is a book that could be depressing, dealing as it does with the death of a much loved teenage son.

When teenager Phoenix is killed in a motor bike accident, his family is devastated by his death.

After Phoenix is a tale of grief, love, friendship and how, at the worst of times, the absurdity of family . Your heart will ache, but it will also laugh.

After Phoenix is a tale of grief, love, friendship and how, at the worst of times, the absurdity of family life is the only thing that can pull you through. Despite beginning with a tragedy, this book is never entirely without hope and is a powerful portrait of grief and how time heals. Annabel's House of Books. Martine McDonagh writes simply intelligently and unsentimentally about big and small things. Stephen May, Costa Prize shortlisted author of Life! Death!

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After months pass without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes pays for three signs challenging the authority of William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon, a mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement threatens to engulf the town. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama from Martin McDonagh. The film won Best Drama Motion Picture - Drama and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes 2018.

After Phoenix is a darkly comic tale of grief, love, friendship . After Phoenix is a raw, emotive portrayal of a family pushed to its limits by grief

After Phoenix is a darkly comic tale of grief, love, friendship and how the humour and absurdity of family life can conquer al. .The miners are on strike and Britain is in chaos. McDonagh skilfully negotiates a high-wire of trauma of mundanity with directness and underlying raw humour. After Phoenix is a raw, emotive portrayal of a family pushed to its limits by grief. Lizzie Enfield, author of Living With It. 'A great read.

After Phoenix is a darkly comic tale of grief, love, friendship and how the humour and absurdity of family life can conquer all...Bristol, England. 1974. The miners are on strike and Britain is in chaos. When 19-year-old Phoenix is killed riding the motor bike his father, JJ, helped him buy, his family is devastated. His mother, Katherine, blames her husband for their son's death. Her mental health deteriorates and she is admitted to the local psychiatric hospital. Grief-stricken, journalist JJ, moves into the garden shed and refuses to return to the house until Katherine comes home, sublimates his pain by turning his attention to the forthcoming general election. Meanwhile, their 15-year-old daughter, Penny, left to her own devices, struggles to maintain a semblance of normality. It's hard to imagine what could possibly reunite them...Reader Reviews...'Read it, it's brilliant.' Norman Lyon, Amazon UK'A brilliant kitchen-sink portrayal of a family doggy-paddling their way through loss...I wouldn't be surprised if Mike Leigh's people are talking to Martine McDonagh's people right now.' Leona Sock, Amazon UK'McDonagh skilfully negotiates a high-wire of trauma of mundanity with directness and underlying raw humour.' Mrs CM Harrison, Amazon UK'A cracking read. As good as a slap round the head with a stale Sunblest loaf. Loved it.' John Murana, Amazon UK'...not the sort of novel I would normally read, but I was gripped from start to finish.' norma plume, Amazon UK'McDonagh writes simply, elegantly...with great empathy for the frailties and strengths of her characters. Highly recommended.' Miss Ohio, Amazon UK'...an excellent study in human relationships without being sentimental...I'm so pleased I read it.' BigDog, Amazon UK'Thoughtful, moving, warm and even funny. A wonderful portrait of grief. I loved every minute of it.' Miss C, Amazon UK'This is a must read for anyone having been a teenager in the 70s. Loved it.' Jelles Ffonk, Amazon UK'A wonderful story of crisis and recovery.' Mr JR Newton, Amazon UK'Despite beginning with a tragedy, this book is never entirely without hope and is a powerful portrait of grief and how time heals. Powerful stuff.' - Annabel's House of Books'After Phoenix is a raw, emotive portrayal of a family pushed to its limits by grief.' - Lizzie Enfield, author of Living With It.'A great read.' - Araminta Hall, author of Everything and Nothing, and Dot.
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Zugar
Phoenix comes alive quickly in this short novel, as a Holden Caulfield character on the edge of adulthood. His passions and explorations outpace his equilibrium. Each chapter after Phoenix is told through the eyes of someone close to him, with seamless transitions from mother to father, sister to friend. McDonagh's writing flows, it's clean, with humor and wisdom. Teenage sister Penny's chapter is surprisingly delightful - more bothered than grieving at his death, she becomes central to every other character. McDonagh describes her paradoxical thoughts and feelings, and her young steadiness and uncertainties, so economically and vividly, that even adults can empathize with some of the complexity of being a teenager in an unprecedented situation, and having to figure it all out alone, when those around you are at sea. It all comes together beautifully.
Alsalar
By Alex Green

Although the titular character dies by the 22nd page of the book, (in a section ironically called "Merry X-Mas Everybody"), he presides over the rest of the novel like a vaporous presence that informs the people in his life about how to handle his absence.

Or how not to handle his absence.

The death of young Phoenix Jacobs, home on holiday after his first term at Oxford, is a dark jolt to his family and friends, but in the wake of this tragedy comes orchards of new awareness for the cast of characters in Martine McDonagh's wisely observed novel After Phoenix. And as its title promises, this is a novel that is very much about what happens next now that the terrible thing has happened. Exploring the disorienting aftermath of tragedy, After Phoenix expertly explores the geometry of loss, the range of grief and the mercurial way in which we all heal.

But McDonagh, the author of the beautifully bleak I Have Waited And You Have Come, knows that even if time heals all wounds, the clock of recovery isn't the same for everyone. And for the cast of characters here, the timetable is barely negligible, at best. Set in Bristol in 1974, After Phoenix traces the falling apart of a family and a country and traverses the tricky terrain of the disappearing map of a broken heart. The Jacobs family is a flawed unit, wobbly in the wake of their son's death, while concurrently England's political strife is threatening to capsize the country. The family splinters to their separate corners like pool balls shot across the table, and once ensconced in their chosen privacies, their psychological wounds appear in full relief. While his mother gets admitted to a psychiatric hospital, and his father moves into a shed, Phoenix's unsinkable sister Penny, who is lippy, sharp and at times, hilarious, attempts to navigate these new waters with as much normalcy as she can muster.

And that, it turns out, is not so easy.

Heartbreak is a lurking beast of a thing and Penny creeps around it with courage, fear and the kind of reverence that's rooted in the hope that if you don't make a sudden move, then everything can keep holding its breath. McDonagh writes: "Penny hadn't so much as peeped around the door of his room for weeks, she couldn't bear to see it in the state that he left it, as if he had gone down to the shops for a bar of chocolate; none of his belongings had been unpacked, and she was dreading the day they would be, should that day ever come."

"There is not grief that does not speak," Longfellow once wrote, and in After Phoenix it speaks in many languages. But the universal truth behind grief is that not only is it different for everyone, it keeps changing once you think you've got a handle on it. In this moving portrait of not only what comes after loss but what comes after that, McDonagh, by book's end, demonstrates more finesse on the subject than anyone in recent memory.

And she has a trick up her sleeve about how to plant the seeds of immortality, and trust that art will keep us alive forever.
Talvinl
"After Phoenix" truly is a beautiful book. When I put it down, I couldn't stop saying that to myself, "What a beautiful book, what a beautiful book..."

Martine McDonagh shows true craftsmanship and creative prowess on so many levels. The point of view changes she incorporates into her narrative at first grab the reader by the lapels and punch him in the face, dare him to try and put this book down; but, then settle into a rhythmic, panorama of perspective that brings to light a deeply moving and honest depiction of grief. McDonagh's survivors are not overwrought Hamlets and Ophelias. Her characters are real regular human beings trying desperately to hold onto their bearings after a devastating loss. By giving us a glimpse of each survivor's perspective, the author demonstrates just how miserably fitted we human beings are to suffer the loss of a loved one, yet, how, in the end, we do suffer, but then we do survive, and perhaps, just perhaps, we are made whole again.

Into this whirling change of viewpoint, McDonagh weaves rib-ticklingly witty dialogue, gripping narrative, a captivating historic setting, and compelling characters who are so perfectly inept at consoling one another, but, in the end, who so perfectly do just that, and learn to love on an even more profound level. Such a tender humanity McDonagh presents in "After Phoenix."

Religion is only touched upon in "After Phoenix," but I nonetheless am going to make my Lutheran book club take this novel up, because McDonagh's depiction of grief truly touches the Spirit.
Zyangup
Start your day early because you're not going to be able to put this one down. Beginning with the death of a character you love despite himself, the resulting emotional acrobatics of the family are instantly fascinating. McDonaugh's unique perspective on family draws you into its eccentric characters, especially the young heroine through whose eyes the story is told. It is in parts hysterically funny and heart-wrenchingly sad. All this set to the background of England's 1974 politics which echoes the tragedy of the family. This is a novel for all readers. Its the perfect summer book. Find an air conditioned room or a beach and enjoy!
Sataxe
Though I've read a few books on grief, not one of them explored it so beautifully and eloquently as After Phoenix. Ms. McDonagh has done a beautiful and extremely readable job of telling the story of each family member's unique way of grieving after the untimely death of Phoenix in the second chapter. The author has set this book in the 70's and does a marvelous job of staying true to the era, musically and politically. A great read, not gloomy or even particularly sad, I enjoyed it so much.
After Phoenix ebook
Author:
Martine McDonagh
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Genre Fiction
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TEN TO TEN PUBLISHING (February 14, 2013)
Pages:
234 pages
Rating:
4.5
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