The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe

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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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About Jonathan Coe

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Jonathan Coe's awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Prix Médicis Étranger, and, for The Rotters' Club, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He lives in London with his wife and their two daughters. Visit the author's website: www.jonathancoewriter.com.
 
Published March 11, 2008 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the latest from acclaimed London novelist Coe (The Rotter's Club), the story of two cousins' friendship is keyed to a hatred that is handed down from mother to

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In Jonathan Coe’s novel, the narrator recounts her life via voice recording.

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San Francisco Chronicle

But Rosamond encourages Gill to listen herself if Imogen cannot be found, and most of the book is the transcription of Rosamond's tapes.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Rosamund visits Beatrix and her family. She witnesses a horrible fight between mother and daughter, eerily reminiscent of the hatred Beatrix and Ivy had for each other.

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Austin Chronicle

(On the cusp of describing a fiery quarrel with her lover, Rebecca, Rosamond stops herself – "Perhaps I should describe the flat to you, first of all" – and it's all the reader can do to keep from groaning.) The most moving passages involve Rosamond's account of the time she and Rebecca created a...

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