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Before Everything
Before Everything | 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.
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Pemberley
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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I was warned. My friend asked me what I was reading two weeks ago.

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Pemberley
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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I'm finished. And I'm completely and utterly devastated. This was not a "bring along on your vacation" book, but it was amazing from beginning to end.

Also, when #michaelcunningham reviews the book and calls it a "heartbreaker," you really have no one to blame but yourself for your tears when you read it anyway lol.

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Pemberley
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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"Another belief: if Anna died, Helen would die too. It was the twisted logic of superstition. She'd never been without Anna, thus she wouldn't exist if Anna didn't exist."

Excuse me while I go ugly cry into my coffee.

RaimeyGallant Haha. 2y
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Pemberley
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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My best friend and I are choosing books that focus on female friendships to read together and discuss... "Before everything" is first, and then "invincible summer!"

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Angela_AVT
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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So emotionally taxing that I had to hold back the whole time reading it... probably the same feeling Anna's friends had. 😔https://randombookmuses.com/2017/07/21/review-before-everything-by-victoria-redel/

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Reecaspieces
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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🍭This book was sort of blah for me. The characters were completely disconnected to each other and the reader. I was shocked with the pettiness some of the characters showed. I mean,one of their best friends is dying and they are wondering why they are not liked by the other women in the group. Come on,what's important here! I made it through a quarter of the book before I decided it wasn't for me.

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shawnmooney
Before Everything | Victoria Redel
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Umm, I'm already needing a kleenex here. Stacked!

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