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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.

Praise

“Ganshert uses masterful pacing, engaging characters, and believable dialogue to bring readers along…tackling big issues powerfully.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Another emotionally gripping page-turner from Katie Ganshert, a novelist who consistently writes with honesty and insight. Life After plumbs the depths of all that gives our existence meaning. Well done.”
—Susan Meissner, award-winning author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

“Katie Ganshert is a skilled writer who wrestles earnestly with the clashing forces of faith and fear. Life After will hook you on the first page.”
—Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of Before We Were Yours

“Katie Ganshert has made her mark by writing compelling stories about resiliency and faith. In her latest, she draws us through the aftermath of trauma, examining the soul’s miraculous ability to not just survive but to thrive—even in the wake of tremendous suffering. The result is an emotional journey that prompts us to question the greater purpose behind every moment we are given.”
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Feathered Bone

“Life After grabbed me instantly with its brilliant prose, then immersed me in its pages with a story that went straight to my heart and refused to let go. Not that I wanted it to. Katie Ganshert has crafted a tale you will remember months after you finish. Highly recommended.”
—James L. Rubart, best-selling author of The Five Times I Met Myself

“Ganshert emerges as a proven, skilled storyteller in Life After. This high-concept, intriguing story will have you pondering the characters long after you finish the last page. From start to finish, you won’t want to put it down.”
—Rachel Hauck, New York Times best-selling author

“Katie Ganshert is one of my favorites! Her novels are rich in authentic characters, beautiful prose, and emotional plot lines. She’s a tremendously gifted storyteller.”
—Becky Wade, Carol Award–winning author of Undeniably Yours

About Katie Ganshert

KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Apr 18, 2017

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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About Life After by Katie Ganshert

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.  

Press Release

Award-Winning Author Tackles Survivor's Guilt in Stirring New Novel
 
“Another stunning novel from Katie Ganshert.”
-- Romantic Times Top Pick
 
“Ganshert uses masterful pacing, engaging characters, and believable dialogue to bring readers along. Certain faith elements are part of the plot itself, and the characters all deal realistically and in diverse ways with the sadness…the most important faith elements are subtle. She wrestles with age-old questions about suffering and God’s will that haunt major religions, and Ganshert captures the seriousness of such discussions without sacrificing readability, tackling big issues powerfully.”
-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Katie Ganshert, author of seven acclaimed and award-winning contemporary novels, returns with her most compelling and unforgettable novel to date. Life After (WaterBrook, April 18, 2017). A terrible tragedy throws together the lives of the victims and the sole survivor, causing all involved to deal with the question of why, the existence of evil and how to move forward with hope and purpose. 
 
As Life After opens, snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat. Moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. Twenty-two are lives are lost. Only one person is spared.
 
A year later, Autumn Manning, the sole survivor, is still stuck on the incident. She can’t move past the grief that torments her – and the guilt. Obsessed with those that passed away, she spends her nights restlessly tracking their stories and searching for answers: “Why not me?” Unexpectedly, her life collides with widower Paul Elliot and his curious 12-year old daughter. As their lives intersect, how do they find a way to make sense of the loss and move forward?
 
Chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten religion titles for spring 2017, this is Katie Ganshert’s most complex and stirring novel to date. With authenticity and thoughtful prose, Life After explores moving on after tragedy, the nature of goodness and finding purpose in the midst of grief.  
 
 
Praise for Life After
“Another emotionally gripping page-turner from Katie Ganshert, a novelist who consistently writes with honesty and insight. Life After plumbs the depths of all that gives our existence meaning. Well done.”
—Susan Meissner, award-winning author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

“Katie Ganshert is a skilled writer who wrestles earnestly with the clashing forces of faith and fear. Life After will hook you on the first page.”
—Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of Before We Were Yours

“Katie Ganshert has made her mark by writing compelling stories about resiliency and faith. In her latest, she draws us through the aftermath of trauma, examining the soul’s miraculous ability to not just survive but to thrive—even in the wake of tremendous suffering. The result is an emotional journey that prompts us to question the greater purpose behind every moment we are given.”
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Feathered Bone

 “Ganshert emerges as a proven, skilled storyteller in Life After. This high-concept, intriguing story will have you pondering the characters long after you finish the last page. From start to finish, you won’t want to put it down.”
—Rachel Hauck, New York Times best-selling author

“Katie Ganshert is one of my favorites! Her novels are rich in authentic characters, beautiful prose, and emotional plot lines. She’s a tremendously gifted storyteller.”
—Becky Wade, Carol Award–winning author of Undeniably Yours
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family. 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.

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By Joy Williams

Katie is such a good story teller, this is another great book. She really leaves you with an understanding of what the characters are feeling after such a disaster and how one woman's recovery touches the lives of so many and facilitates healing. Not to mention trying to understand why you lived and others didn't. I was so happy with the way the book ended, how the story was told, and how the relationship between the main characters...

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By Leah Courtney

This is a beautiful book. It's written in third person but goes back and forth between a focus on Autumn and a focus on Paul. This is a great way to write this book because it helps the reader get to know both of the main characters separately before they are connected in the story.The character development is very well done. I felt as if I got to know both of the main characters as well as supporting characters well. The book is Christian...

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By Richard Jones

The trend is girls on a train it seems. Katie has taken that concept, mixed it in with the opening shot of the movie Unbreakable and fleshed it out in an enjoyable manner.There is an explosion on a train that kills everyone but one person. She, of course, is dealing with the whys and not wanting to have much to do with the collective "remembering" of the town around her.But there are forces at work that prevent her from remaining a...

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By Carol Edwards

 An enjoyable read as Autumn is forced to face a miracle that happened in her life although she cannot figure out why it happened to her.  She as the one survivor of a train explosion and doesn't understand why.  She has spent a year trying to figure it out and finally faces it a bit more head on when she begin to receive letters from the child of one of the victims.  This causes her to explore her purpose and to become closer to that...

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By Meagan Myhren-Bennett

Life AfterBy Katie GanshertAutumn Manning is stuck in the memories she lost when she was the lone survivor of a deadly attack. She is stuck in her guilt over surviving and over the state in which her life now is.  Her nights are haunted by the lives that were ended and by those who were left behind. But an unexpected encounter is about to bring Autumn into the reality of one of the families that has been left bereft.Paul Elliott is hoping for...

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