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Following The Rotters’ Club and its sequel, The Closed Circle, Jonathan Coe now offers his first stand-alone novel in a decade, a story ofthree generations of women whose destinies reach from the English countryside in World War II to London, Toronto, and southern France at the turn of the new century.

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 own recollections—not to mention the love she feels for her grown daughters, listening alongside her—are linked to generations of women she never knew.

A stirring, masterful portrait of motherhood and family secrets, The Rain Before It Falls is also a meditation on the tapestries we weave out of the past, whether transcendent or horrific. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “sustained, intricate brilliance,” Jonathan Coe once again proves himself “an artist of character and of his characters’ stories,” here more astutely than ever before.

Synopsis:

Ranging from wartime Shropshire to London and Toronto at the turn of the twenty-first century, a moving family saga examines the events and relationships that bind generations of a family, as the elderly Rosamund records her memories of her troubled cousin Beatrix and the tragedy that transformed all of their lives. 40,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

A family saga examines the events and relationships that bind three generations of women, as the elderly Rosamond records her memories of her troubled cousin Beatrix and the tragedy that transformed all of their lives.

About the Author

Jonathan Coe’s awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre tranger, the Prix Médicis tranger, and, for The Rotters’ Club, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He lives in London with his wife and their two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268556
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Coe, Jonathan
Author:
Jonathan Coe
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
England
Subject:
Reminiscing in old age.
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080311
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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Product details 240 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307268556 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Ranging from wartime Shropshire to London and Toronto at the turn of the twenty-first century, a moving family saga examines the events and relationships that bind generations of a family, as the elderly Rosamund records her memories of her troubled cousin Beatrix and the tragedy that transformed all of their lives. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A family saga examines the events and relationships that bind three generations of women, as the elderly Rosamond records her memories of her troubled cousin Beatrix and the tragedy that transformed all of their lives.
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