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Before Everything - A Novel

Victoria Redel

A group of lifetime friends gather together to confront life, love, and now mortality "Everything you want a novel about life, death, and friendship to be-smart, moving, sweeping, poetic, stinging, just beautiful. I loved these women (and their men) and this elegy to their long-reaching bonds." -Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage 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 mid-life 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 reprint excerpts from the following copyrightedworks:"Tattered Kaddish". Copyright © 1991 by Adrienne Rich. Copyright © 2016 by the Adrienne RichLiterary 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) Cr

A group of lifetime friends gather together to confront life, love, and now mortality "Everything you want a novel about life, death, and friendship to be-smart, moving, sweeping, poetic, stinging, just beautiful. I loved these women (and their men) and this elegy to their long-reaching bonds." -Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage 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 mid-life 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 reprint excerpts from the following copyrightedworks:"Tattered Kaddish". Copyright © 1991 by Adrienne Rich. Copyright © 2016 by the Adrienne RichLiterary 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) Cr
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A group of lifetime friends gather together to confront life, love, and now mortality "Everything you want a novel about life, death, and friendship to be-smart, moving, sweeping, poetic, stinging, just beautiful. I loved these women (and their men) and this elegy to their long-reaching bonds." -Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage 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 mid-life 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 reprint excerpts from the following copyrightedworks:"Tattered Kaddish". Copyright © 1991 by Adrienne Rich. Copyright © 2016 by the Adrienne RichLiterary 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) Cr

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

8h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:32


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:26


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:52


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:59


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:08


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:32