Before, Afdre, and After

(My stroke … oh what fun)

2018 Before, Afdre, and After


NGIBA_2016_Winner_RV - website

2016 Best Cover Design Non-Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards



2016 Finalist in Non-Fiction Inspirational, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards


IAN 2016 finalist

2016 Finalist in Memoir, IAN Book of the Year Awards, Independent Author Network (IAN)


Where to get my book:

The Independent Author Network — —

Goodreads —

Indie Bound —

Barnes & Noble / Nook —

Smashwords —

and …

“When Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke—one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak. But she wasn’t about to go down without a fight. In Before, Afdre, and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring account of what it is to lose everything when you’re supposed to be in the prime of your life—and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.”


“Maureen Twomey breaks conventions to give us a glimpse into the before, during, and after her stroke at the age of thirty-three. At turns funny, harrowing, and bittersweet, Twomey’s self-aware and unpretentious writing disarms you and quietly makes you her biggest cheerleader. A revelation and a major accomplishment.”
—Laura Diamond, author of Shelter Us and editor of Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood

“The nurse’s note read: ‘Standing by chair. Standing by sink.’ To most of us, these are not accomplishments. To a person recovering from a stroke, they are miracles. For one author, so was writing the sentence, ‘I sit.’ Or learning to speak again. But fortunately for us, Maureen learned to write again. She brought back this moving book.”
—Luke Sullivan, author of Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This and Thirty Rooms To Hide In

“Brave. Wow. Godspeed, Maureen.”
—Lee Clow, Director Media Arts, TBWA\
Worldwide, Chairman, Media Arts Lab

Before, Afdre, and After will break your heart, make you smile, and ultimately make you proud to know people like Maureen Twomey breathe the same air we all do.”
—Rob Schwartz, Global Creative President, TBWA\Worldwide

“I never thought I’d say this and mean it: This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It’s a joyous, inventive journey through loss and recovery, and Maureen’s spirit shines through in this blueprint for living a full, blessed and loving life. Read it now, you fools!!”
—Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating

See my introduction of Before, Afdre, and After

Introduction of Before, Afdre, and After

Praise for Before, Afdre, and After

Facebook page of Before, Afdre, and After

21 thoughts on “Before, Afdre, and After

  1. Whoohoo – thanks! It will be in mid March 🙂

    I say in my intro:
    “Anyway, hopefully you’ll enjoy this book. I would say, “If not, maybe you can contact the publisher and say you want your money back,” but I’m self-publishing . . . so if you don’t like my book, maybe just sell it on Amazon or eBay?
    😉 “


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