Before You Know Kindness

Before You Know Kindness Cover

Before You Know Kindness

By Chris Bohjalian

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400031658, 422pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2005


Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives, The Sandcastle Girls, and The Light in the Ruins, presents his most ambitious and multilayered novel to date--examining wildly divisive American issues like gun control and animalrightswith his trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill.

On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired accidentally? by his adolescent daughter Charlotte. With this shattering moment of violence, Chris Bohjalian launches the best kind of literate page-turner: suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane.

About the Author
CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of eighteen books, includingThe Guest Room, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, and The Double Bind.His novelMidwiveswas a number oneNew York Timesbestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont. Visit him at or on Facebook."

Praise For Before You Know Kindness

"Before You Know Kindness may very well be his best. . . . Masterly . . . timely [and] well-wrought." –The Boston Globe

"An irresistible read. Moving from quiet domestic drama to legal thriller." –The Washington Post

"A dark psychological dance of family estrangements, lies and self-righteousness . . . plenty of finely wrought characters and thought-provoking personal and political drama." –The Seattle Times

"Extraordinary. . . . Bohjalian has had much success in the past, including a selection as an Oprah Book Club author. Before You Know Kindness is better than anything he's written before." –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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