Transatlantic is stoked to have the opportunity to share the cover reveal for THE AFTERPAINS by Anna Julia Stainsby set to be released March 5, 2024 by Random House Canada!

Gorgeous and perceptive, The Afterpains is a heartbreaking portrait of two families trying to cope with grief, isolation, and living far from one’s homeland—told in the voices of four distinct narrators.

Twenty years after the death of her infant daughter, Rosy is still reeling from all that she’s lost. Desperate to repair the connections to the family she does have: her husband, Desmond, and her eighteen-year-old-son, Eddie—she’s determined to lay her grief to rest.

At the same time, Isaura keeps a watchful eye on her own teenage daughter, Mivi. For centuries in her homeland of Honduras, the young women in Isaura’s family have been subjected to a curse of teenage motherhood and the untimely death of the men they loved. But even after moving thousands of miles away from Pespire to Toronto, Isaura worries that her daughter will not be spared.

Soon, Rosy and Isaura, essentially strangers, become connected in a way neither of them could predict. As they try to look to the future and their children’s, they struggle to put the past behind them—all while Eddie and Mivi contend with the weight of their mothers’ pain and guilt.

Tender and compassionate, The Afterpains is a moving debut novel on motherhood, grief, identity, and belonging .

Anna Julia Stainsby is a Honduran-Canadian writer from Toronto. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing and currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Literary Review of Canada, FreeFall Magazine, FLARE, Lake Effect 8, and has been supported by the Toronto Arts Council as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Anna is represented by Amanda Orozco and Samantha Haywood.