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Before Everything

(2017)
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A group of lifetime friends gather together to confront life, love, and now mortality.

Before Everything is a celebration of friendship and love between a group of women who have known each another since they were girls. They've faced everything together, from youthful sprees and scrapes to midlife turning points. Now, as Anna, the group's trailblazer and brightest spark, enters hospice, they gather to do what they've always done - talk and laugh and help each other make choices and plans, this time in Anna's rural Massachusetts home. Helen, Anna's best friend and a celebrated painter, is about to remarry. The others face their own challenges - Caroline with her sister's mental health crisis, Molly with a teenage daughter's rebellion, Ming with her law practice - dilemmas with kids and work and love. Before Everything is as funny as it is bittersweet, as the friends revel in the hilarious mistakes they've seen each another through, the secrets kept and adventures shared. But now all sense of time has shifted, and the pattern of their lives together takes on new meaning. The novel offers a brilliant, emotionally charged portrait, deftly conveying the sweep of time over everyday lives and showing how even in difficult endings, gifts can unfold. Above all it is an ode to friendship and to how one person shapes the journeys of those around her.

Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission to use excerpts from the following copyrighted works:

"Tattered Kaddish". Copyright 1991 by Adrienne Rich. Copyright 2016 by the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust. From Collected Poems 1950-2012 by Adrienne Rich. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

"Stayin' Alive", words and music by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb. Copyright 1977 (renewed) Crompton Songs LLC and Gibb Brothers Music. All rights for Crompton Songs LLC administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission of AlfredMusic.

"Sunlight", words and music by Jesse Colin Young. Copyright 1969 by Pigfoot Music. Used by permission of Jesse Colin Young.

"Willin'", by Lowell George. Copyright 1994 by Naked Snake Music. Used by permission of Elizabeth George.

"Angel from Montgomery", words and music by John Prine. Copyright 1971 (renewed) Walden Music, Inc. and Sour Grapes Music. All rights administered by WB Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Alfred Music.

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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