Before, During, and After is a dark and tragic tale set against the terrible backdrop of September 11, 2001. Focused on the developing love and relationship between Natasha, an aide to a US Senator and Michael Faulk, an Episcopal priest who is struggling with his faith and calling which he eventually leaves.
Meeting and falling in love prior to that terrible September day, a vacation with a friend to Jamaica turns terrible and tragic for Natasha who carries the unresolved pain and scars back to the states several days after 9/11 as well as not knowing if Michael, who is in New York on that day for a wedding is alive or dead.
Reuniting in Memphis, the two marry but the dark secret that Natasha carries begins to destroy the bond between them and drive them apart.
A very complex and dark novel, Before, During, and After (Alfred A Knopf, 2014) is slow moving and has an element of predictability to it. The characters and the plot is credible, all too credible, but the novel suffers a slow pace which this reader found hard to deal with.
Note: I received a galley copy of this novel through the Amazon Vine Review program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.