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Vt. Author Meg Little Reilly Sets Thriller 'Everything That Follows' On Martha's Vineyard

The Everything That follows: A Novel cover, by Meg Little Reilly. It shows the front of a boat during a rainstorm.
Courtesy, Meg Little Reilly
Publisher: MIRA Books

A woman named Kat hesitates when she's invited to take a boating trip on Martha's Vineyard, but she ultimately decides to go. Everything that follows turns her life into a nightmare — and Everything That Follows is also the title of this novel by Vermonter Meg Little Reilly.

Reilly, who grew up in Brattleboro, said she "wanted to write a story about living in someone else’s vacationland." Martha’s Vineyard fit the bill both because it's a vacation destination, and because it's wild island shores present a good setting for a psychological thriller. 

In the novel, doubts about what actually happened on that boating trip start to creep in — and even Kat herself is unsure what her memory is producing.

"There were a few people involved in the incident, and they each create a different story for what they saw," Reilly said of the book's characters. "And they're also interpreting the experience through their own lens of class, primarily. The ability to pull strings, perhaps, or call on family favors, it really changes one's relationship to authorities and the law."

Reilly is also the author of We Are Unprepared. She has a background in politics, having worked as President Barack Obama's deputy associate director at the White House Office of Budget and Management.

VPR listeners may recognize Reilly's name from some of her commentaries.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Bayla joined VPR in 2018 as the producer for Morning Edition. She left in 2019.
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