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After You
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The sequel to Me Before You, which is now a major motion picture. Look out for Jojo's new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, coming October 18, 2016."We all lose what we love at some point, but in...
The sequel to Me Before You, which is now a major motion picture. Look out for Jojo's new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, coming October 18, 2016."We all lose what we love at some point, but in...
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  • The sequel to Me Before You, which is now a major motion picture. Look out for Jojo's new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, coming October 18, 2016.

    "We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it's not always happy, there is an ever after." —Miami Herald

    "You're going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don't settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will."


    How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

    Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.

    Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will's past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

    For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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    The big man at the end of the bar is sweating. He holds his head low over his double scotch and every few minutes he glances up and out behind him toward the door, and a fine sheen of perspiration glistens under the strip lights. He lets out a long, shaky breath disguised as a sigh and turns back to his drink.

    "Hey. Excuse me?"

    I look up from polishing glasses.

    "Can I get another one here?"

    I want to tell him that it's really not a good idea, that it won't help. That it might even put him over the limit. But he's a big guy and it's fifteen minutes till closing time and according to company guidelines, I have no reason to tell him no. So I walk over and take his glass and hold it up to the optic. He nods at the bottle.

    "Double," he says, and slides a fat hand down his damp face.

    "That'll be seven pounds twenty, please."

    It is a quarter to eleven on a Tuesday night, and the Shamrock and Clover, East City Airport's Irish-themed pub that is as Irish as Mahatma Gandhi, is winding down for the night. The bar closes ten minutes after the last plane takes off, and right now it is just me, the intense young man with the laptop, the two cackling women at table 2, and the man nursing a double Jameson's waiting on SC107 to Stockholm and DB224 to Munich, the latter of which has been delayed for forty minutes.

    I have been on since midday, as Carly had a stomachache and went home. I didn't mind. I never mind staying late. Humming softly to the sounds of Celtic Pipes of the Emerald Isle Vol. III, I walk over and collect the glasses from the two women, who are peering intently at some video footage on a phone. They laugh the easy laughs of the well lubricated.

    "My granddaughter. Five days old," says the blond woman, as I reach over the table for her glass.

    "Lovely." I smile. All babies look like currant buns to me.

    "She lives in Sweden. I've never been. But I have to go see my first grandchild, don't I?"

    "We're wetting the baby's head." They burst out laughing again. "Join us in a toast? Go on, take a load off for five minutes. We'll never finish this bottle in time."

    "Oops! Here we go. Come on, Dor." Alerted by a screen, they gather up their belongings, and perhaps it's only me who notices a slight stagger as they brace themselves for the walk toward security. I place their glasses on the bar, scan the room for anything else that needs washing.

    "You never tempted then?" The smaller woman has turned back for her scarf.

    "I'm sorry?"

    "To just walk down there, at the end of a shift. Hop on a plane. I would." She laughs again. "Every bloody day."

    I smile, the kind of professional smile that might convey anything at all, and turn back toward the bar.

    • • •

    Around me the concession stores are closing up for the night, steel shutters clattering down over the overpriced handbags and emergency-gift Toblerones. The lights flicker off at gates 3, 5, and 11, the last of the day's travelers winking their way into the night sky. Violet, the Congolese cleaner, pushes her trolley toward me, her walk a slow sway, her rubber-soled shoes squeaking on the shiny Marmoleum.

    "Evening, darling."

    "Evening, Violet."

    "You shouldn't be here this late, sweetheart. You should be home with your loved ones."

    She says exactly the same thing to me every night.

    "Not long now." I respond with these exact words every night. Satisfied, she nods and continues on her way.

    Intense Young Laptop Man and Sweaty Scotch Drinker have gone. I finish stacking the glasses and cash up, checking twice to make sure the till roll matches what is in the...

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