Joanne Tompkins

Joanne Tompkins

Joanne Tompkins

2022 PFWA

In this propulsive debut thriller, a grieving Pacific Northwest community grapples with the murder-suicide of two teenage boys, while 16-year-old Evangeline—pregnant and abandoned by her heroin-addicted mother—holds the key to what happened. What Comes After offers a story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.

Tompkins’ first career as a trial lawyer and mediator immersed her in lives disrupted by conflict and far too often, violence and abuse. Yet she discovered in many a resiliency and passion for life that continues to move her. Her work has appeared in LitHub, Writer in the World and Stratus. She received her MFA from Goddard College. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

 “Nail-biting wallop of a debut . . . a thoughtful, unexpectedly optimistic tale.” —New York Times. What Comes After is equal parts thrilling mystery and aching examination of grief and guilt.” —Time. “Rich in characters, atmosphere, and storytelling, this book has it all.” – San Francisco Book Review