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The Life Before Her Eyes

(2002)
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This profound and daring novel explores all that is lost and gained between teenage girlhood and middle-aged motherhood.

Diana stands before the mirror with her best friend, Maureen. She is imagining her future life as a forty-year-old wife and mother-a future that will be paid for by a horrific decision she has just been forced to make. In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we experience seventeen-year-old Diana's uncertain steps into womanhood-her awkward, heated forays into sex; her sudden fits of pride that alternate with her deep insecurities; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity. And against the stunning precision of the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood-protecting her beloved daughter and holding onto her successful husband, her exuberance muted by the relief of having made a home and a life.

Laura Kasischke has ingeniously created a consciousness that encompasses both the truth of a teenager's world and the profound transformation of that world at midlife.

Shocking, sensually charged, and stunningly original, The Life Before Her Eyes, like the best poetry, finds piercing beauty in the midst of horror and celebrates the glory of life in the face of death.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 0-15-100888-4 / 978-0-15-100888-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

November 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 0-15-602712-7 / 978-0-15-602712-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harvest Books
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Audio Editions

2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Life Before Her Eyes, The - on Playaway
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 1-60640-262-5 / 978-1-60640-262-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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July 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Life before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 1-4332-0025-2 / 978-1-4332-0025-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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July 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Life before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 1-4332-0026-0 / 978-1-4332-0026-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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June 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Life before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 1-4332-0027-9 / 978-1-4332-0027-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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June 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Life before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 1-4332-0028-7 / 978-1-4332-0028-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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July 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes
Author(s): Author Laura Kasischke
ISBN: 1-4332-0029-5 / 978-1-4332-0029-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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June 2007 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2002 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Life Before Her Eyes: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Kasischke
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon CA