Grace is a wife and mother who finds herself trapped in her own body when she awakens in a hospital. She can't open her eyes or move a finger. She yearns to scream, but is unable. Using every fiber of her will, she tries to move the heaviness of her inert body, until she finally slips free of it, emerging into the gleaming sterile whiteness of the room, where she gazes at her own comatose body as a doctor pries open her eyes. Addressing her husband, she explains how she became unconscious and unresponsive.
"It is difficult to decide what to praise most highly in AFTERWARDS. Should it be the people who live and breathe on these pages? The perfect pacing of the plot? The