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Before Everything

(2017)
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'Redel proves that female friendship is the quiet, steady engine that truly runs the world.'
Hannah Tinti

'At once tough and tender, funny and sad, this beautifully written novel articulates the dynamic realities of those wondrous friendships that last a lifetime.' Siri Hustvedt

From youthful scrapes to mid-life turning points, the Old Friends have faced everything together.

So as Anna, their brightest spark, enters hospice, they gather to do what they've always done: they laugh and eat, and help each other make choices and plans, and talk through dilemmas with children and work and love.

But now the sense of time has shifted, and the pattern of their lives takes on a new, urgent meaning. As their shared experiences are recounted and re-lived, this funny, bittersweet ode to friendship shows how even in difficult endings, gifts can unfold.

'Gorgeous, a heartbreaker, a non-stop dazzler, a major achievement.'
Michael Cunningham

'One of the most brilliant, radiant and heartbreaking books I've read in years.'
Molly Antopol

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I admire Victoria Redel's work for so many reasons-for its fearlessness, its complexity, its beauty-and Before Everything is one of the most brilliant, radiant, and heartbreaking books I've read in years. Redel's characters-fierce and funny, loyal and compassionate-feel as real and beloved as the people we hold dearest in our own lives. An extraordinary novel by one of the best writers we have." - Molly Antopol

"Gorgeous, a heartbreaker, a non-stop dazzler, a major achievement." - Michael Cunningham

"At once tough and tender, funny and sad, this beautifully written novel articulates the dynamic realities of those wondrous friendships that last a lifetime." - Siri Hustvedt

"Before Everything is a riveting, timely story that explores the unsettlingly beautiful, emotionally charged landscape that is revealed when old friends embrace what they have never before admitted: the limits of mortality and the boundlessness of friendship." - Ruth Ozeki

"Victoria Redel bears witness to a remarkable group of women, effortlessly weaving back and forth through time, each thread revealing the cracks and secrets of their complex lives, while also drawing them closer. . . . Redel proves that female friendship is the quiet, steady engine that truly runs the world." - Hannah Tinti


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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Before Everything (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Victoria Redel
ISBN: 1-4328-4144-0 / 978-1-4328-4144-7 (USA edition)
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Title: Before Everything
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Before Everything
Author(s): Victoria Redel
ISBN: 0-7352-2257-6 / 978-0-7352-2257-1 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Before Everything: A Novel
Author(s): Victoria Redel
ISBN: 0-7352-2259-2 / 978-0-7352-2259-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Before Everything
Author(s): Victoria Redel
ISBN: 1-4736-5184-0 / 978-1-4736-5184-5 (UK edition)
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June 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Before Everything
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ISBN: 1-4736-5183-2 / 978-1-4736-5183-8 (UK edition)
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Before Everything
Author(s): Victoria Redel
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Title: Before Everything
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June 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Before Everything
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June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Before Everything: A Novel
Author(s): Victoria Redel
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