Released November 20, 2014
This novel won Paul Cavanagh the title of world Lit Idol at the London International Book Fair in the UK and was published in Canada to glowing reviews. At long last, it’s available to readers around the world.
As unassuming history teacher Irving Cruickshank revisits his tumultuous past with his late wife Helen, he comes face-to-face with some long-buried family secrets – secrets that he’ll have to confront if he wants to save his relationship with their daughter.
Praise for After Helen
“Paul Cavanagh reads like a North of 49 Anne Tyler: by turns funny and moving, his new novel explores the ambiguity of modern relationships, and points toward reconciliation with facts we cannot change.”
– Antanas Sileika, Author of Underground
Cavanagh writes “with incisive observational skill and a plain-spoken, moderate tone. The result is an emotional depth that is often shocking in its intensity, fidelity and resonance…. I’m not the first one to say it, but here it is: After Helen is a winner.”
– Robert Wiersema, The Globe & Mail
“Helen is a complex and powerful character in a novel full of them, but she is by herself worth the price of admission.”
– David Worsley, The Waterloo Record
“An absorbing and deeply touching debut, After Helen is a whirlwind of a novel that, once started, is incredibly difficult to put down.”
– Alison Potter, Irish Examiner
“…enticing and exciting… a witty book with powerfully moving moments throughout… Overall, a teasingly, addictive novel…”
– Katy Hepburn, We Love This Book
“Everything is beautifully fleshed-out, from the supporting cast of characters, through the Canadian landscape, to the parallels with a doomed Victorian expedition to find the Northwest Passage. And the detail is superlative. I can see why Cavanagh won a Lit Idol competition, because it’s difficult to criticise anything in this story: prose, structure, plot development, consistent characterisation, background, continuity of theme. This is a well-written novel.” (Recommended book + Top 10 self-published book of 2014)
– Jill Murphy, The Bookbag