Life After Truth

Ceridwen Dovey

‘A sublime gem of a novel’ Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

Fifteen years after graduating from Harvard, five close friends on the cusp of middle age are still pursuing an elusive happiness and wondering if they’ve wasted their youthful opportunities. Mariam and Rowan, who married young, are struggling with the demands of family life and starting to regret prioritising meaning over wealth in their careers. Jules, already a famous actor when she arrived on campus, is changing in mysterious ways but won’t share what is haunting her. Eloise, now a professor who studies the psychology of happiness, is troubled by her younger wife’s radical politics. And Jomo, founder of a luxury jewellery company, has been carrying an engagement ring around for months, unsure whether his girlfriend is the one.

The soul searching begins in earnest at their much-anticipated college reunion weekend on the Harvard campus, when the most infamous member of their class, Frederick – senior advisor and son of the recently elected and loathed US President – 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…


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Published: March 4, 2021


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Reviews for Life After Truth

‘A wonderful writer of thoughtful, provocative, compelling fiction’ – Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies

Clever, thoughtful and funny, I gulped it down and did not want it to end’ – Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

‘In Ceridwen Dovey’s articulate and penetrating novel, the college reunion becomes a place where we discover that the lies we keep from others are often the lies we tell ourselves’ – Douglas Kennedy


Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey is an author (Blood Kin, Only the Animals) and essayist who lives in Sydney. A long time ago she studied at Harvard on a scholarship, and the emotional resonance of returning to that campus for college reunions inspired her to write Life After Truth.