Love After Love

Ingrid Persaud

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ literary romance
emotional reflective medium-paced

336 pages | first published 2020

An electrifying novel of love in its messiest forms--a complicated marriage, an unconventional family, and the shocking secrets that unite them--from an award-winning Trinidadian author.

After Betty Ramdin's abusive husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo, as their lodger. Over time, these three form an unconventional family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment. His despair ultimately sends him running to live a lonely life in New York City, devastating Betty in the process. Yet both Solo and Betty are buoyed by the continuing love and friendship of Mr. Chetan--until his own burdensome secret is uncovered with heartbreaking repercussions.

In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.

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emotional 95%
sad 71%
reflective 59%
challenging 28%
dark 28%
hopeful 28%
funny 24%
tense 12%
inspiring 10%
informative 6%
lighthearted 4%
adventurous 2%
mysterious 2%


medium 83%
fast 12%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 52% | A mix: 47%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 8%

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