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Rain Before It Falls, the (2007) [Novel]
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Evacuated to Shropshire during the Blitz, eight-year-old Rosamond forged a bond with her cousin Beatrix that augured the most treasured and devastating moments of her life. She recorded these memories sixty years later, just before her death, on cassettes she bequeathed to a woman she hadn't seen in decades. When her beloved niece, Gill, plays the tapes in hopes of locating this unwitting heir, she instead hears a family saga swathed in promise and betrayal: the story of how Beatrix, starved of her mother's affection, conceived a fraught bloodline that culminated in heart-stopping tragedy, its chief victim being her own granddaughter. And as Rosamond explores the ties that bound these generations together and shaped her experience all along, Gill grows increasingly haunted by how profoundly her recollections, not to mention the love she feels for her grown daughters, listening alongside her, are linked to generations of women she never knew.

Original title: The Rain Before It Falls
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindMultigenerational Sagas

Edition #1: Rain Before It Falls, the

Rain Before It Falls, the (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Coe is a dexterous writer who easily pulls you into Rosamond's spellbinding story. Rosamond's narrative is laced with dark hints of tragedy, and like Gill, you find yourself racing to the end." Seattle Times
  • "Like all the author's seven previous novels, The Rain Before It Falls presents the reader with characters whose impassioned selfishness is as disturbing as it is bleak...The result is his tensest and most affecting work." The Boston Globe
  • "Coe is masterful at women's voices, and mining the richness of a marginal life. His single misstep is a chapter, in italics, inside the head of Imogene's mother, a breach in his lovely structure and satisfying tale, suited perfectly to a late afternoon in winter." Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "A triumph...from its cryptically beautiful title to its subtly riveting narrative, from its amazing narrative voice to its satisfying and moving conclusion." The San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Dignified and sure...Skillfully layered and plotted." The Atlantic Monthly
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Rain Before It Falls, the (March 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307268037
Dimensions: 6.06 x 9.5 x .98
Pages: 240

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