The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke

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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 Laura Kasischke

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Laura Kasischke is the author of seven collections of poetry and seven novels. Her work has received many honors, including the Pushcart Prize and the Juniper Poetry Prize. Her latest, "Space in Chains," received the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan and teaches at the University of Michigan MFA program in Ann Arbor.
Published November 11, 2002 by Mariner Books. 291 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Born-again Maureen offers herself to save her best friend Diana while Diana hears herself ask him to shoot Maureen and let her live.

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Acclaimed poet Kasischke applies her lyrical skills to fiction in this double portrait of Diana McPhee as 40-year-old wife and mother and 17-year-old girl. As in her earlier novels (<EMPHASIS TYPE=

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I would have paid good money to get inside Emil Stern’s head while he was writing the screenplay adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s dreamy and lyrical novel The Life Before Her Eyes.

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