Life Before Man

Life Before Man

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale A particularly complicated love triangle sets this poetic Margaret Atwood novel in motion. Elizabeth and Nate, though habitually unfaithful to each other, have remained married for more than a decade. But after Elizabeth's latest lover commits suicide, she emerges from her grief to find that her gentle, indecisive husband is on the verge of leaving her. He has become enamored of Lesje, a young paleontologist and perennial innocent who seems to prefers dinosaur fossils to humans. Elizabeth sets her sights on Lesje's live-in boyfriend, William, and the ensuing emotional maelstrom threatens to upend all of their lives. Blending painful honesty with cutting satire, Margaret Atwood give us characters whose haunting dilemmas linger long after the final page.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 23mm | 408g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0385491107
  • 9780385491105
  • 663,137

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Imprisoned by walls of their own construction, here are three people, each in midlife, in midcrisis, forced to make choices--after the rules have changed. Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality, her suppressed rage, is married to the wrong man. She has just lost her latest lover to suicide. Nate, her gentle, indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover...and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably toward the same climax.
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"A splendid, fully integrated work. . . . Atwood is a writer of importance, with a deep understanding of human behavior." --The New York Times Book Review "Atwood writes with savage humor. Sentences are spare, kept under enormous compression, like a bent bow." --Esquire "Moving flawlessly from wit to pathos and back, Atwood constructs a superb living exhibit in which the artifacts are unique. . . . There is ample treasure in this novel." --Chicago Tribune
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About Margaret Atwood

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.
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6,180 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 13% (811)
4 33% (2,022)
3 39% (2,411)
2 12% (760)
1 3% (176)
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