Life Before Death

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Scribner, 1997 - Fiction - 240 pages
"Awakening from sleep in the apartment she shares companionably and platonically with Hercules, the nineteen-year-old son of her best friend, Isobel Albright idly caresses her breast. When she finds a tiny, sharp pebble of a lump hidden beneath her skin, she realizes, with great clarity, that her too reasonable, too predictable, too solitary life will be forever changed." "From that moment on, the events that take place confirm her sense that the natural order of things is undergoing an irrevocable transformation. When the museum where she is curator burns to the ground, the artifacts smoldering in the rubble open a door to Isobel's rightful future - and to people and places unknown."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Frucht (Are You Mine?, 1993, etc.) imbues a dreary premise (woman discovers lump in breast, is diagnosed with cancer, dies) with remarkable originality and insight, leaving the reader pondering the ... Read full review

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Frucht is the author of an award-winning collection of stories.

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