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As a young girl, Rosamond is sent to Shropshire to escape the Blitz. Here, in the countryside, she forms a close bond with her older cousin, Beatrix, a young woman haunted by anger and resentment.

Sixty years later, just before her death, Rosamond records her memories on cassettes, addressing them to a distant cousin—a near stranger-named Imogen. As Gill, her beloved niece, listens to these tapes, a heart—stopping family saga is revealed. In this masterful portrait of three generations of woman, Jonathan Coe exposes the profound reserves of hope and loss within the lives of ordinary woman.

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Jonathan Coe has received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Prix Médicis Etranger, and, for The Rotters' Club, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for the most original comic writing. He lives in London.

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vanessa vichitvadakan, September 26, 2010 (view all comments by vanessa vichitvadakan)
In "The Rain Before It Falls," Coe creates the voice of an elderly woman describing a series of photos to a blind girl she once knew. I was transported to these scenes of life in the country in England, the sights of landscapes and homes and people becoming as clear in my mind as the woman intends them to be. The story is classic Coe; we are given historical context, intimate details of the characters' lives, and permission to let our imaginations go. While we might need to suspend our disbelief at times, the reward is a great story told with Coe's gift of weaving an involved tale.
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