British author Lisa Jewell’s debut novel, Ralph's Party, was an international bestseller. Eleven years later, Jewell revisits her characters Ralph and Jem in After the Party to explore what happens to a perfect couple when the strains of children, careers and everyday life threaten to overwhelm them.
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Here, Jewell, who says she scatters “bits of herself” in all her novels, discusses what prompted this long-awaited sequel, and how her art parallels—and departs from—her own life.
Many authors who write sequels to well-loved books do so promptly, in ...
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