The Day After Death
After a minor car accident shatters her equilibrium, forty-three year old Amanda Ferguson wakes up to a memory of being terrorized by her older brother Adrian, whom she holds responsible for the death of her twin brother thirty years before. Their mother, Eva, blinded by her devotion to her oldest son, has locked the truth inside her now-failing memory.
Trained as a stage director, Amanda leaves the world of the theatre behind and becomes a painter with a day job in a financial planning firm in Austin, Texas. When a client invites Amanda to a performance of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a haunting series of related events resurfaces, including the suicide of Amanda’s college lover and mentor, Sarah Moore.
Amanda, vowing to stop running from her own psyche, consults a Jungian therapist who guides her in excavating the past. Aided by both Teresa and her best friend Babs, Amanda determines to uncover the truth about Sarah’s death. As Amanda puts her fractured life back together, the present increasingly echoes her traumatic past, propelling her toward the truth about Duncan and Sarah’s deaths––and toward Adrian.
About Lynn C. Miller (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Lynn C. Miller is the author of the recent novel The Day After Death, a 2017 Lambda Literary Award finalist. Prior novels include The Fool’s Journey and Death of a Department Chair.
Co-editor of Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography, and co-author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, Lynn has performed the work of many women writers, including Katherine Anne Porter, Victoria Woodhull, Edith Wharton, and Gertrude Stein. She’s taught at the University of Southern California and Penn State, and was Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin until 2007.
Short pieces have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Hawaii Review, Phoebe, Text and Performance Quarterly, Writer’s Forum, Articulated 2016, and Chautauqua Journal, where her short story “Words Shimmer” was named runner-up to the Editor’s Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. She lives in Albuquerque and edits the literary journal bosque.