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Before and Again: A Novel
By: Barbara Delinsky
List Price: $27.99
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(as of: 08/20/18)
Manufacturer: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250119499
Publication Date: 2018-06-26
Release Date 2018-06-26
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From Barbara Delinsky, the New York Times bestselling author of Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, a brand-new novel about a woman in hiding finding the courage to face the world again.

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

From a multimillion-selling master of women’s fiction, Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves in―mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends―and what kind of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.



Maggie Cooper has locked the door to her past, shot the deadbolt closed and thrown away the key. Despite her best efforts, however, the past has barged right in, permeating the new life she has constructed in rural Vermont. Parts of her past, those most treasured moments, are always right there on the surface, but there are others she would rather keep as far away as possible.

When Maggie’s dear friend, Grace, finds herself embroiled in a scandal that may well involve jail time for her son, Chris, Maggie does all that she can to help mother and son, even at great risk to Maggie’s own precarious status. Chris’ case isn’t at all cut and dry, and as the walls that Maggie has built around her former life begin to crumble and fall, she finds that she and Grace have more in common than either would ever have guessed. Maggie has avoided family connections for years, but they are ultimately what will prop her up and keep her going through the most difficult times, grounding her and bringing the peace she thought she could never find again.

Before and Again is a meaty novel, brimming with emotion on all levels, yet never banal or over the top. Maggie’s grief is palpable and real, and readers are given the opportunity to empathize – or not – with her situation as the story progresses. Author Barbara Delinsky is known for her explorations of motherhood and families, and for offering perspective without judging her fictional characters as they develop throughout the story, and Maggie is perhaps the most complex and complicated protagonist yet in Delinksy’s portfolio. Broken yet strong, sad but faithful, Maggie could be anyone, any parent who has lived through the life-altering experience of losing a beloved child. Before and Again is a must-read, a wonderfully crafted, deep and powerful story of loss and redemption that is relevant and hopeful in today’s challenging world.

 
By: Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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