Monday, July 25, 2022

Spotlight of After Everyone Else by Leslie Hooton



A perfect Southern literature staple about the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.
Bringing readers back into the life of Bailey Edgeworth, Hooton’s memorable character from her debut novel Before Anyone Else, Leslie Hooton’s brilliant prose guides readers on a new emotional journey with twists and turns until the very last page.
Rochelle Weinstein, Lisa Barr, Amy Greene are all raving about AFTER EVERYONE ELSE. 


“Leslie Hooton's latest novel begins as a whodunnit, but quickly delves into the intricacies of relationships. When workaholic wife and mother, Bailey, is accused of a heinous crime, her estranged daughter, Charlie, and devoted husband, Griffin, must come to terms with how they arrived in this dark place. Hooton weaves together the past with the present and the nuances of marriage and mother/daughter bonds with tremendous depth. Readers looking for a big-hearted book that strikes the right emotional chord will devour this one.” —Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today Bestselling author

“With After Everyone Else, Leslie Hooton has delivered another gem of Southern literature: funny but heartfelt, plot-driven yet profound. I can't wait to see what she gives us next.”—Amy Greene, nationally bestselling author of Bloodroot

“After Everyone Else brings us back into the life of Bailey Edgeworth, Leslie Hooton's memorable, sparkling character from her first novel, but Hooton is such a gifted writer and natural storyteller that this story brings us new twists, new drama, new terrain, all in that witty, emotional resonant writing style. And, always, at the heart of Hooton's writing, there is an exploration of the past, how we are made, and how family and love open up new possibilities that we never expected.”—Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to See Here and The Family Fang
“Marriage, mother-daughter bonds …. and murder. Acclaimed author Leslie Hooton’s new novel After Everyone Else packs a powerful punch. Alternating between the past and present, what begins as a mystery quickly deep dives into the intricacy of relationships. Hooton doesn’t miss a beat as she deftly explores how far we go to protect those we love—a Must-Read.”—Lisa Barr, USA Today bestselling author of Woman on Fire


Bailey thought she’d gotten her happy ending. She is married to the man she loves and her design business is flourishing.
But when Bailey’s ex-husband, a famous TV chef, is found murdered with her DNA all over his apartment and body, she is suddenly facing murder charges in a high-profile case.
Already burdened by the demands and challenges of marriage, motherhood, and her career, Bailey now must do everything she can to prove her innocence.
But it’s the ones she thought would surely be on her side—her enigmatic lawyer and her husband—who might be doubting her innocence the most.


Alternating between the past and present, AFTER EVERYONE ELSE chronicles the grip of the past, the challenges of forgiveness, and the resilient love we save for the person we love after everyone else.


Leslie Hooton is many things: a fabulous friend, a powerful speaker, a flower enthusiast, and a lover of language. 
Her debut novel, Before Anyone Else, garnered a Zibby nomination.  Leslie’s second novel, The Secret of Rainy Days was a book club favorite, and her third novel, After Everyone Else, the sequel to Before Everyone Else, will be published on June 28th.


Leslie attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and studied with Alice McDermott, Jill McCorkle, and Richard Bausch.
Growing up in a small Alabama town, Leslie went on to earn her B.A. and M.A. from Auburn University and J.D. from Samford University. 
She became intrigued by people and discovered everyone has their own unique stories.
Originally from Alabama, Leslie resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is at work on her next novel.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds good.

    I hope you get to read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.