Before (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 26, 2008 - Fiction - 224 pages
36 Reviews
From the author of God's Snake, and Fear comes a stunning novel that shines light on what it means to be beautiful, and to be possessedóby oneself, and by others.

The setting is 1970s New York City, a time and place of creativity, sexual freedom, and unforeseen dangers. At its center is Beatrice, who is twenty-five, mesmerizingly lovely, intelligent, and married to Ned, a volatile painter whose obsession with her has turned to hatred. Beatrice is desired by everyone around her: by Faye, her seductive, bawdy childhood friend; by Cyril, a lonely, charismatic Vietnam veteran; by Chris, a young heroin addict. And then there is Perkins, the oddly threatening man next door.

An intoxicating mix of desire, longing, and menace, Before captures a dizzying time in America.


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A slight, precious novel. 200 pages and couldn't wait for it to end. Read full review

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A slight, precious novel. 200 pages and couldn't wait for it to end. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
23
Section 3
34
Section 4
50
Section 5
66
Section 6
97
Section 7
125
Section 8
150
Section 9
176
Section 10
191
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About the author (2008)

Irini Spanidou is the author of the novels God's Snake and Fear. She has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, Sarah Lawrence College, Bennington College, State University of New York at Purchase, Cooper Union, Parson's School of Design, and the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y. She is the recipient of a New York State Foundation for the Arts grant and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. She lives in New York City.


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