What a week it’s been for Jojo Moyes and After You
, which officially debuts at #3 on the October 18th New York Times
Hardcover Fiction and Combined Print & eBook Fiction bestseller lists.
The book also debuts at #4 on this week’s USA Today
bestseller list. This great news comes on the heels of a wave of amazing press and jam-packed events. NPR’s Fresh Air ran an absolute rave review from Maureen Corrigan last Thursday, saying “After You
is a more muted, riskier novel than its predecessor. Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy’s eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The “aftermath” is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.” And NPR.org ran a second review on their website over the weekend, saying “In all of her books, Moyes peers deftly into class issues, social mores and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet, there is always resolution. It’s not always easy, it’s not always perfect, it’s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is.” Slate
posted a fantastic examination of After You
and the notion of happy endings, and praises Moyes: “After You
isn’t as ruthless as Me Before You
, but Moyes is a master of the wavering possibilities of good enough, and is always aware of the limits that sometimes make even good enough impossible.”
Moyes finished her US tour this week with a sold-out luncheon with Warwick’s and a huge event at their store that night. Jojo drew crowds over 300-400+ at almost all of her events, making this tour her biggest yet and giving Pamela Dorman Books a lot to celebrate!