After They Go, available now

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“. . .Mercer’s prose is lucid and her themes of redemption and reinvention are resonant. . .” — Kirkus Reviews

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A large family saga set in a small tourist town — One sister chained by family tradition, the second stunted by her sister’s shadow, the youngest propelled by desperation.

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“Mercer’s prose is solid, evoking a strong sense of character and place that adds intensity and texture to the narrative. . . Gwen’s and Betta’s storylines will appeal to fans of women’s fiction, while Ez’s narrative will satisfy those looking for a coming-of-age story. Overall, readers who enjoy family sagas will find After They Go an engaging read.” —

“…each character has a very distinctive voice. Pulling them all together, the author has created an unconventional, emotional story of family…” — The British Bookworm

“There’s plenty of engaging drama. There are lovers, sibling rivalries, petty jealousies and devastating self-doubts.” — An IndieReader approved novel


“A compelling family saga of love, family, and tradition. After They Go is filled with complex characters whose lives intermingle in the most heartwarming and heartwrenching ways.”

“Mercer has a beautiful way with words that draws you in and makes you feel the love, heartbreak, and struggles the characters endure throughout their journeys.”

“This story has twists and turns that I did not see coming and kept me interested from beginning to end.”

“The four resilient women of this story find themselves and their own strength to follow their dreams and rescue their family from the perfect storm of grief, debt and unfortunate life-changes. It is the perfect combination of melancholy and inspiration to wrap you up and leave you wanting more.”

“What I found most engrossing was the story’s central characters: three sisters and their mother. Like the town, they are full of contradictions: self-absorbed and self-sacrificing, reckless and wise. They are flawed and hurting, every one–keeping secrets, nursing grudges, indulging their obsessions.  An absorbing read!”

“After They Go encapsulates many aspects of the messiness of life, love, family and friendships. This book shows you how our perception of ourselves can become our reality but how powerful the perception of those we love can give you a new view or the strength to find one.”

“Mercer beautifully expands the significance of the book’s title as members of the Aaldenberg family grapple with the loss of significant people in their lives. I connected emotionally to the book’s very real characters as they sought to satisfy their deepest needs for love, understanding, identity, and purpose.”




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