Life Before Man

Life Before Man

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"Margaret Atwood has always been an adventurous writer."
Elizabeth and Nate's marriage is deteriorating slowly. They each take lovers, but the man Elizabeth is seeing commits an irrevocable act....Lesje and William live together, but are ambivalent about it. Nate is becoming obsessed with Lesje, who works with Elizabeth, and as the lives of the two couples become complicated and intertwined, they each form the link of an unstoppable chain of events that is slowly shattering them to pieces....
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 23mm | 408g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0385491107
  • 9780385491105
  • 96,430

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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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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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