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Head of Zeus
After Paris
After Paris: A gripping new novel about motherhood, friendship and growing apart by Nicole Kennedy

Three women take the same Eurostar to Paris for a girls' trip, but take separate trains back. What happened that weekend? A thought-provoking and gripping novel about trying to hold on to friendships when you start to grow apart.

Three best friends. A weekend away. And a whole lot of baggage.

Alice, Nina and Jules have been best friends for twenty years. They met in Paris and return there once a year, to relive their youth, leave the troubles of home behind, and indulge in each other's friendship and warmth. But this year, aged thirty-nine, the cracks in their relationships are starting to show...

After their weekend together in Paris, the three women never speak again. Each claims the other two ghosted them. But is there more to the story?

Praise for After Paris:
'An insightful, keenly observed story about friendship and motherhood, the internal struggles we all face and our flaws and fallibility as humans. Gripping yet tender, it's a thoughtful look at the truths we choose to face and those we turn away from. I think every reader will find a version of themselves somewhere in this book, and this is what Nicole Kennedy does so brilliantly' Holly Miller, author of What Might Have Been
'A refreshing and authentic take on female friendship. Complex, flawed and so real, I loved spending time with these three women' Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City
'Nicole Kennedy writes beautifully about female friendship, family dramas, relationships, parenting, and the city of Paris. Moving, funny, and hugely relatable' Andrea Mara, author of All Her Fault
'A perfect holiday read, compulsively readable but also intriguing, thought-provoking and so good on female friendship' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
'Touching, evocative and impossible to put down' Lorraine Brown

Praise for Nicole Kennedy: 'Thought-provoking, fluid, vivid... and a reminder to us all that our inside lives rarely reflect what we show on the outside. I loved it' Lia Louis
'I couldn't put it down... Nicole Kennedy writes so brilliantly about the weird world we live in' Lucy Vine, author of Bad Choices

Head of Zeus, an Aria book * Romance
21 Jul 2022 * 320pp * £4.99 * 9781800240193
'A great summer read that unpicks the threads of love, lies and betrayal connecting the three women'
Woman & Home
Nicole Kennedy
Nicole Kennedy
Nicole Kennedy grew up in Essex. She was the first person in her family to go to university, and won a place to study Law at Bristol. During Nicole's second maternity leave she began writing poems and rhymes on motherhood and family life, which she posted to her blog 'The Brightness Of These Days'. She completed her first novel during her third maternity leave (because by then it was easier than leaving the house). Nicole lives in Kent with her husband and three sons. You can find her on Instagram @nicole_k_kennedy and Twitter @nicolekkennedy.
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