Author: Brad Graber
Narrator: Kebba Button
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes
Publisher: Dark Victory Press
Released: Aug. 21, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fiction; LGBTQ
Rikki, a teenager being raised by her grandmother in Queens, has a secret. She can’t remember her mother. Whenever Rikki asks her grandmother about her mother’s death, the older woman refuses to answer. Desperate to learn the truth, Rikki finds a hidden album with family photographs. Can the boy in the picture with her mother be a long lost uncle? Determined to unlock the mystery, she embarks on a journey to meet Harry, a writer who is struggling with his own issues of identity.
From the award-winning writer of The Intersect comes After the Fall, a fast-paced, engaging listen, with twists and turns that will surely surprise. After the Fall: an emotional roller-coaster of a mystery packed with personality and charm. Once you start the journey you won’t be able to turn back.
Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them.
After the Fall, released in May 2018, is Brad’s second novel. The story follows Rikki, a teenager being raised by her grandmother in NYC, who goes on a journey to learn the truth about her family. Eventually, she crosses paths with Harry, a writer in Phoenix, who is struggling with his own issues of identity. Brad’s debut novel The Intersect, released in 2016, tells the tale of strangers reaching out and finding love, friendship, and lasting connection in Phoenix. Both novels have won multiple awards and garnered rave reviews. Brad also writes a humorous blog on the human condition: There, I Said It!
Born and raised in New York City, Brad obtained a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.H.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A former healthcare executive, Brad has held a number of management positions and has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Executive through Medical Group Management Association. Though he no longer works in healthcare, he continues to volunteer with local non-profits.
Brad has lived in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago; West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit; and Mill Valley, a suburb of San Francisco. He currently resides in Phoenix with his husband Jeff.
Kebba Buckley Button has a passion for helping people find vitality and inner peace. Kebba teaches practical, memorable techniques for satisfied living. She emphasizes oriental and yogic philosophy, NLP, and energy balancing in addition to standard Western models and modalities. She is also a major advocate of both chocolate and coffee. Kebba has a holistic healing practice, speaks and writes award-winning books in addition to being an audiobook narrator.
CHARACTERS OF AFTER THE FALL
Rikki is a fifteen year-old high school sophomore who is being raised by her grandmother, Rita, in New York City. She’s fashioned herself to look like Darlene Conner from the television show Roseanne. Rikki considers herself a Midwesterner after being raised in Birmingham, Michigan. She’s awkward and shy, and despite a psychiatric hospitalization, still can’t remember any details of her mother or her death. The doctors have assured Rikki that her memory will slowly return, but after four years, Rikki is now desperate to remember.
Rita is Rikki’s 75-year old grandmother. Bold and brash, her red hair and red finger nails hint at the edgy nature of Rita’s character. She’s very protective of her granddaughter though she prefers that Rikki call her Rita. She struggles with her raising Rikki in light of her past failings as a mother. But she loves her granddaughter deeply – and stonewalls Rikki about the family. She is afraid what will happen if Rikki’s memory returns.
Barbra is Rikki’s best friend. She lives in Rikki’s building with her father and the step-mother who she bitterly resents. She has transformed herself from dorky into an Amy Winehouse look-alike. She distrusts the adults in her life.
Barney is the attractive boy in high school who has captured the attention of both Rikki and Barbra. He’s shy and withdrawn, which they at first mistake for being aloof. But Barney is being raised in a foster home after a history of physical abuse.
Evelyn is the Michigan neighbor who looked after Rikki as a child when her mother worked. Evelyn adores Rikki and though she has tried to stay connected, Rikki has never seen her letters or been allowed to take her phone calls.
Harry is a successful mystery writer in his mid-fifties who lives in Phoenix with his wire-hair fox terrier, Beetle. Harry has a fairly solitary existence, writing during the day while maintaining an ongoing inner dialogue with a lost lover. Beetle is the central figure in Harry’s life. His energy and focus are on his very senior dog.
Edward, is Harry’s New York City editor, who keeps Harry on pace with the development of his novels.
Lil is the yoga instructor who lives down the street from Harry. She is vivacious, extremely attractive, and doesn’t listen very well. She has set her sights on Harry and is determined to bed him.
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