Life Before Man (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385491105
ISBN-10: 0385491107
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: April 13th, 1998
Pages: 384
Language: English

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