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Before and after / Rosellen Brown.

By: Brown, Rosellen
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, c1992Edition: 1st edDescription: 354 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0374109990 :Subject(s): Families -- Fiction | Crimes of passion -- Fiction | New England -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Adventure stories.DDC classification: 813.54 LOC classification: PS3552.R7 | B4 1992Online resources: Publisher description | Sample text Dissertation note: In the hospital of her small New Hampshire town, pediatrician Carolyn Reiser views the viciously smashed skull of teenager Martha Taverner, who had been a classmate of her son Jacob. Carolyn and her sculptor husband Ben soon discover that Jacob--mysteriously missing--was the girl's lover and is the prime suspect in her murder. Brown captures the Reisers' shock and disorientation as they confront the unthinkable, and makes credible Ben's instant decision to destroy the incriminating evidence--a blood-covered jack that he finds in the trunk of Jacob's car. As the family disintegrates during the course of Jacob's arrest and trial, the moral conflict that develops between Carolyn and Ben, though an inevitable outcome of their personalities and principles, is played out in a way that strains credulity somewhat. Yet readers will remain immersed in Brown's gripping story, mesmerized by the questions she raises and by the brave, intelligent, compassionate manner in which she deals with which she grapples with them.
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In the hospital of her small New Hampshire town, pediatrician Carolyn Reiser views the viciously smashed skull of teenager Martha Taverner, who had been a classmate of her son Jacob. Carolyn and her sculptor husband Ben soon discover that Jacob--mysteriously missing--was the girl's lover and is the prime suspect in her murder. Brown captures the Reisers' shock and disorientation as they confront the unthinkable, and makes credible Ben's instant decision to destroy the incriminating evidence--a blood-covered jack that he finds in the trunk of Jacob's car. As the family disintegrates during the course of Jacob's arrest and trial, the moral conflict that develops between Carolyn and Ben, though an inevitable outcome of their personalities and principles, is played out in a way that strains credulity somewhat. Yet readers will remain immersed in Brown's gripping story, mesmerized by the questions she raises and by the brave, intelligent, compassionate manner in which she deals with which she grapples with them.

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