This novel is a fun creative experiment for Ceridwen. It's written in a voice and style that are a little different to her previous books, and it will journey in the world differently too, as a way of signalling this to her readers - or listeners! It will exist only as an Audible Originals audiobook for a year, and in November 2020, Penguin Random House will publish the novel as a print book.
Life After Truth follows five close friends over a Harvard College reunion weekend.
Jules, already a famous actor when she arrived on campus as a freshman, is changing in mysterious ways as she approaches forty, but won’t share what is haunting her. Mariam and Rowan, who married young, are struggling with the demands of family life, and starting to regret prioritizing meaning over wealth in their careers. Eloise, now a Harvard professor who studies the psychology of happiness, is troubled by her much younger wife’s radical politics. And Jomo, founder of a luxury jewelry company, has been carrying an engagement ring around in his pocket for months, unsure whether his girlfriend is his soulmate.
Fifteen years after graduating from the most prestigious university in the world, on the cusp of middle age, they are still trying to pursue happiness (though it remains elusive), while wondering if they’ve wasted their youthful opportunities. But the soul-searching begins in earnest when the most infamous member of the Class of 2003, Frederick Reese – senior advisor and son of recently elected and loathed President Reese – turns up dead.
Old friends often think they know everything about one another, but time has a way of making us strangers to those we love – and to ourselves.