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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 26, 2008 - Fiction - 224 pages
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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 possessed—by 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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Set in the 1970s, Spanidou's third novel (Fear, 1999, etc.) covers three months in the life of New York resident Beatrice, a woman at war with her own beauty and compelling sexuality, who is in the ... Read full review


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In this multilayered novel, Spanidou (Fear ) plays with idealistic notions of love, twisting them against a backdrop of dissolute culture in 1970s New York. Twenty-five-year-old Beatrice is married to ... Read full review

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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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