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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 Andrea Cox

What an incredible and gripping and emotional story! I love the hope of healing that comes through even as the characters live out deep and raw grief. It's a story that will last through the ages because it's relevant in each and every age, no matter the technological differences. It's a story that will impact many folks for the good, and I pray it draws millions of hearts to search out more knowledge about the great God who comforts...

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By Laura Mortimer

Katie Ganshert always writes page-turning books, but her newest, "Life After," is a new level of intense. It's not scary or upsetting, but I would lay awake trying to finish this book because I couldn't put it down!Autumn Manning became an unintentional hero the day her life ended; she can't go back and yet she cannot move forward. Stuck in her own nightmares, she is encouraged to move on, but is that even possible? Then, a young girl enters...

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By Karen Weido

This book is one of those you have to think about a bit after you finish. Amber's character is so complex and has so much depth, you really must process her story after reading it. I felt so sorry for Amber and wanted to just wrap my arms around her and tell her everything will end up okay.I appreciated the supporting characters in this book and felt their stories were vital in making Amber the person she is. I found myself drawn into their...

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By Amy Locke

Life After by Katie GanshertThis book is a raw, potent read about life and the grief, guilt and feelings that we carry around regarding things that we cannot change and how we go on.  Life is hard and this book asks questions that many of us have, why are we here? What should we be doing?Good read 

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By Caitlyn Santi

I have absolutely adored all of Katie's contemporary romance titles, so needless to say I have been looking forward to her next release since 2015, and wow, Life After was totally worth the wait! This is probably going to be a fairly short review, not because I didn't like this book, quite the contrary I loved every single solitary second of this book! My dilemma is that Life After was so incredibly beautiful and amazing that I am completely...

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