Life Before Death by Abby Frucht

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When first she finds a tiny, sharp lump in her breast and then the museum where she is curator burns down, Isobel Albright realizes her reasonable, predictable life will never be the same and embarks on an empowering and funny journey to newness. 25,000 first printing."

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Abby Frucht is the author of five previous works of fiction, three of which -- Life Before Death, Snap, and Are You Mine? -- were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her book Licorice won the Quality Paperback Book Club and New Voices Awards. Ms. Frucht writes essays and reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Village Voice. She is currently a member of the faculty at the Vermont College M.F.A. program and lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with her two sons.
Published July 9, 1997 by Scribner. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Counseled by her best friend, Martha, who flies in from Seattle, and by Martha's dreamy, quasi-clairvoyant 19-year-old son, Hercules, who's been sleeping in Isobel's guest room for a while (and whom sensible, responsible, unmarried Isobel adores), Isobel opts to skip the chemo in favor of fully e...

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Are You Mine?) has an eye for emotional details, as when Isobel remarks about Hercules: ""He couldn't have guessed, at least I hoped he couldn't, that his towel in my bathroom might have made me a little bit lonely."" But Isobel is no Mrs. Robinson, and her love for Hercules runs deeper than lust...

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