Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.
What if they could have both?
A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.
The book ends with a note from the author that she wrote the book after she and her husband had to make a similar decision with their child. They managed to be on the same page, but she wondered what would happen if they didn't. She also mentioned that every day, she wonders what if they had chosen differently.
I assume writing this book was therapeutic for her becoming at peace with her own choice. Yet it doesn't feel like any other "universe", choice, or ending is set out to the the "right one". I was taken aback by the last paragraph. I had to reread it to make sure it wasn't a typo. But I feel that it supports the message of the book: we can't know what the future will hold, things can turn out wildly different, but that doesn't necessarily mean there is a right or wrong choice. Life adjusts around our choices.
Did you read this book? What did you think?
Anyone else finding mackintosh’s ears hat frustratingly slow at dropping I’m at 14 since whenever he opened up and it’s so frustrating 😡