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This profound and daring novel explores all that is lost and gained between teenage girlhood and middle-aged motherhood.

Diana stands before the mirror with her best friend, Maureen. She is imagining her future life as a forty-year-old wife and mother-a future that will be paid for by a horrific decision she has just been forced to make. 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 sudden fits of pride that alternate with her deep insecurities; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity. And against the stunning precision of the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood-protecting her beloved daughter and holding onto her successful husband, her exuberance muted by the relief of having made a home and a life.

Laura Kasischke has ingeniously created a consciousness that encompasses both the truth of a teenager's world and the profound transformation of that world at midlife.

Shocking, sensually charged, and stunningly original, The Life Before Her Eyes, like the best poetry, finds piercing beauty in the midst of horror and celebrates the glory of life in the face of death.

Synopsis:

Diana and Maureen stand before a mirror, preening. Suddenly, they are interrupted by a classmate holding a gun. "Which one of you shall I kill?" he asks. One of the girls, beautiful, blond, worldly Diana, in the space of this novel, will see her life pass before her eyes--her high school years with Maureen, as well as her future life as a wife and mother at age forty--a future that will be paid for by the horrific decision she is asked to make in this moment.

In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we vividly experience the insouciant pleaseure of Diana's youth--the orgies of talking and eating and fantasizing; the awkward heated forays into sex; the fresh, fragile, construction of an identity. Set against these are the more mundane tasks of Diana's adulthood--protecting her beloved daughter, planning her garden, holding on to her accomplished husband. As the novel progresses, we see how inevitable a life seems when looked at backwards. How much of life is lost to youth, and what is gained because of that loss. How the boisterous promise of spring can threaten the protective instincts of a mother. How a nightmare faced long ago can echo like a dirge beneath each new spring.

Laura Kasischke has ingeniously created a consciousness that encompasses both the truth of a seventeen-year-old's world and the profound transformation that same world has undergone at the age of forty. Shocking, sensually charged, and stunningly original, The Life Before Her Eyes, like the best poetry, finds piercing beauty in the midst of horror and celebrates the glory of life in the face of death.

Synopsis:

Diana stands before the mirror preening with her best friend, Maureen. Suddenly, a classmate enters holding a gun, and Diana sees her life dance before her eyes. In a moment the future she was just imagining--a doting wife and mother at the age of forty--is sealed by a horrific decision she is forced to make. 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. Together with the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood: protecting her beloved daughter and holding onto her successful husband.

An acclaimed writer and poet, Laura Kasischke has crafted a consciousness that encompasses the truth of a teenager's world and the profound transformation of that world at midlife. Resonant and deeply stirring, The Life Before Her Eyes finds piercing beauty in the midst of a nightmare from long ago that echoes like a dirge beneath each new spring.

About the Author

Laura Kasischke is the author of two novels and three collections of poetry. Her numerous awards include the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151008889
Author:
Kasischke, Laura
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Choice.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. A-21
Publication Date:
20021111
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Diana and Maureen stand before a mirror, preening. Suddenly, they are interrupted by a classmate holding a gun. "Which one of you shall I kill?" he asks. One of the girls, beautiful, blond, worldly Diana, in the space of this novel, will see her life pass before her eyes--her high school years with Maureen, as well as her future life as a wife and mother at age forty--a future that will be paid for by the horrific decision she is asked to make in this moment.

In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we vividly experience the insouciant pleaseure of Diana's youth--the orgies of talking and eating and fantasizing; the awkward heated forays into sex; the fresh, fragile, construction of an identity. Set against these are the more mundane tasks of Diana's adulthood--protecting her beloved daughter, planning her garden, holding on to her accomplished husband. As the novel progresses, we see how inevitable a life seems when looked at backwards. How much of life is lost to youth, and what is gained because of that loss. How the boisterous promise of spring can threaten the protective instincts of a mother. How a nightmare faced long ago can echo like a dirge beneath each new spring.

Laura Kasischke has ingeniously created a consciousness that encompasses both the truth of a seventeen-year-old's world and the profound transformation that same world has undergone at the age of forty. Shocking, sensually charged, and stunningly original, The Life Before Her Eyes, like the best poetry, finds piercing beauty in the midst of horror and celebrates the glory of life in the face of death.

"Synopsis" by ,
Diana stands before the mirror preening with her best friend, Maureen. Suddenly, a classmate enters holding a gun, and Diana sees her life dance before her eyes. In a moment the future she was just imagining--a doting wife and mother at the age of forty--is sealed by a horrific decision she is forced to make. 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. Together with the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood: protecting her beloved daughter and holding onto her successful husband.

An acclaimed writer and poet, Laura Kasischke has crafted a consciousness that encompasses the truth of a teenager's world and the profound transformation of that world at midlife. Resonant and deeply stirring, The Life Before Her Eyes finds piercing beauty in the midst of a nightmare from long ago that echoes like a dirge beneath each new spring.

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