Before You Know Kindness (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of The Flight Attendant, here is a novel that examines wildly divisive American issues like gun control and animal rights with Chris Bohjalian’s trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill.

For ten summers, the Seton family—all three generations—met at their country home in New England to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and savoring gin and tonics on the wraparound porch to celebrate the end of the season. In the eleventh summer, everything changed. A hunting rifle with a single cartridge left in the chamber wound up in exactly the wrong hands at exactly the wrong time, and led to a nightmarish accident that put to the test the values that unite the family—and the convictions that just may pull it apart. 

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About the Author

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three books, including Hour of the Witch, The Red Lotus, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which has been made into an HBO Max limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont and can be found at or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads, @chrisbohjalian

Praise For…

"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781400031658
ISBN-10: 1400031656
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 9th, 2005
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries