When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine, just a few feet from Sarah's bedroom. The killer escaped unseen; it would take the police twelve years to find him, time in which Sarah grew into adulthood, struggling with abandonment, police interrogations, and the effort of rebuilding her life when so much had been lost. Through it all she would dream of the eventual trial, a conviction--all her questions finally answered. But after the trial, Sarah's questions only grew, drawing her to take up the investigation on her own. Told in searing prose, After the Eclipse is a luminous memoir and an exquisite memorial for a mother stolen from her daughter.
Sarah Perry holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and was publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She received a writers’ fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.