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Before you know kindness: a novel

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For ten summers, the Seton family--all three generations--met at their country home in New England to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and savoring gin and tonics on the wraparound porch to celebrate the end of the season. In the eleventh summer, everything changed. A hunting rifle with a single cartridge left in the chamber wound up in exactly the wrong hands at exactly the wrong time, and led to a nightmarish accident that put to the test the values that unite the family--and the convictions that just may pull it apart. Before You Know Kindnessis a family saga that is timely in its examination of some of the most important issues of our era, and timeless in its exploration of the strange and unexpected places where we find love. As he did with his earlier masterpiece,Midwives, Chris Bohjalian has written a novel that is rich with unforgettable characters--and absolutely riveting in its page-turning intensity. "Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."--TheNew York Times Book Review "Chris Bohjalian's many fans will be glad to know he's back on the high wire, expertly balancing topical issues with the more timeless concerns of the human heart. His well-drawn, sympathetic characters deepen and intensify the novel's gripping plot rather than simply serving it.Before You Know Kindnessis smart, first-rate storytelling."--Richard Russo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize forEmpire Falls "Once again, Chris Bohjalian dares to tackle the complexities--and complacencies--of modern society at its most vulnerable spot, where the personal clashes with the political, where the private is forced to go public. And once again, he forges a drama that will keep his readers on the edge of their seats...perhaps their conscience as well."--Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award forThree Junes "Chris Bohjalian's magnificent new novel,Before You Know Kindness, is the best work of fiction I've read about an American family since Amy Tan'sThe Joy Luck Club. It is one of the funniest, best-written, most compassionate, most engaging, and flat-out most enjoyable novels I've ever read."--Howard Frank Mosher, winner of the New England Book Award forA Stranger in the Kingdom "Elegant, refined...a triumph." --Booklist(starred review) Also available as a Random House AudioBook, a Large Print edition, and an eBook.
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Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives, presents his most ambitious and multi-layered novel to date—examining wildly divisive American issues like gun control and animal rights with his trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill.

On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired–accidentally?–by his adolescent daughter Charlotte. With this shattering moment of violence, Chris Bohjalian launches the best kind of literate page-turner: suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins.

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