Before She Met Me by Julian Barnes
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At the start of this fiendishly comic and suspenseful novel, a mild-mannered English academic chuckles as he watches his wife commit adultery. The action takes place before she met him. But lines between film and reality, past and present become terrifyingly blurred in this sad and funny tour de force from the author of Flaubert's Parrot.

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Julian Barnes's honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.
Published June 15, 2011 by Vintage. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While this is a clever perversion of Graham's role as historian, and while Mr. Barnes makes us feel genuine pity for his protagonist, Graham's transition from lovesickness to pathological jealousy ultimately seems forced.

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