The Life Before Her Eyes: A Novel
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A "hauntingly original" psychological thriller about innocence, memory, and the effect of a moment of violence (O Magazine). In the girls' bathroom, Diana and her best friend Maureen are stealing a moment from the routine drudgery of high school when a classmate enters holding a gun. Suddenly, Diana sees her life—past, present, and acutely imagined future—dance before her eyes. In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we experience seventeen-year-old Diana's uncertain steps into womanhood—her awkward, heated forays into sex; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity. And we experience, in exhilarating detail, her life-not-lived as a doting mother and wife of forty. Together with the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood: protecting her beloved daughter and holding on to her successful husband. This "poetic" novel (Vanity Fair) encompasses both the truth of a teenager's world and the transformations of midlife. Resonant and deeply stirring, The Life Before Her Eyes finds piercing beauty in the midst of a nightmare that echoes like a dirge beneath each new spring, in a story that "takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship" (Los Angeles Times). "Evokes terror and redemption, shadows and light. Kasischke treads a delicate line with the precision and confidence of a tightrope walker. She reminds us to look hard at life, to notice its beauty and cruelty, even as it flashes before us and disappears."—The New York Times "Mesmerizing."—Chicago Tribune

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Laura Kasischke. (2002). The Life Before Her Eyes: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we experience seventeen-year-old Diana's uncertain steps into womanhood—her awkward, heated forays into sex; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity. And we experience, in exhilarating detail, her life-not-lived as a doting mother and wife of forty. Together with the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood: protecting her beloved daughter and holding on to her successful husband.
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In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we experience seventeen-year-old Diana's uncertain steps into womanhood—her awkward, heated forays into sex; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity. And we experience, in exhilarating detail, her life-not-lived as a doting mother and wife of forty. Together with the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood: protecting her beloved daughter and holding on to her successful husband.
This "poetic" novel (Vanity Fair) encompasses both the truth of a teenager's world and the transformations of midlife. Resonant and deeply stirring, The Life Before Her Eyes finds piercing beauty in the midst of a nightmare that echoes like a dirge beneath each new spring, in a story that "takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship" (Los Angeles Times).

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