Book Reviews of Before and After

Before and After
Before and After
Author: Rosellen Brown
ISBN-13: 9780440216544
ISBN-10: 0440216540
Publication Date: 9/1/1993
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Just finished this book today. Mar.4,09. I am surprised to find this did not get very good reviews at least here on Shelfari. I found this story touching and one I, as a parent can relate to. (not that we've been in this situation, however I do relate to the parents and some of their feelings they experience)

This book tells of a family, who's teenaged son is accused of killing his girlfriend. He seems to be a fairly good kid, and the family is having a hard time believing this has happened, even though his mother, is a physician and has actually seen the body of the murdered girl. The father, on the other hand, immediately decides to hide any evidence that can make his son look guilty. And the younger sister is also deeply disturbed over the next few years as the story unfolds in courtrooms and jail buildings. And on top of it all, the son accused of murder, vanishes. The title is pretty much self expainatory... Their lives... Before and After. I was touched by the book so I will give it 4 stars.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great character study in family crisis. This is a mind-numbing book for anyone who enjoys the best and worst in "just what could really happen" stories!
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Helpful Score: 1
A wonderful book about an ordinary Vermont family who suddenly have to cope with a horrible act committed by their son. The parents' emotions and reactions - protective, angry, accusatory, horrified, embarrassed - are beautifully and realistically protrayed in the book. Moving and memorable.
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Helpful Score: 1
Brown's riveting novel about a family torn apart by a son's murder of his girlfriend
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Helpful Score: 1
"In those days the butcher was a trusted friend, looked to for assistance in selecting a good steak, timing a roast of beef or stretching a food dollar....Times have changed...The butcher is still there, but he's not the same guy....that used to inquire..."How did the Pot Roast turn out?....Armed with a little basic knowledge about meat and a willingness to spend some time in the kitchen doing a little 'cutting-up,' it is possible to eat extremely well and economically, even in this high cost of living world we live in." (Introduction)
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I have this book posted under my name. I see it is on someone's wish list - but I think they want the audio cassette. If you do want this in paperbook, please check under the lists of Barbara Blonsky.
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This was quite good, but very different.
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I can't finish this book. Part of it is written in the 3rd person and part is in the 1st! It's confusing to read. I don't see how it was a NYT Best Seller! Ugh.
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a story that makes you think
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Just finished this book today. Mar.4,09. I am surprised to find this did not get very good reviews at least here on Shelfari. I found this story touching and one I, as a parent can relate to. (not that we've been in this situation, however I do relate to the parents and some of their feelings they experience)

This book tells of a family, who's teenaged son is accused of killing his girlfriend. He seems to be a fairly good kid, and the family is having a hard time believing this has happened, even though his mother, is a physician and has actually seen the body of the murdered girl. The father, on the other hand, immediately decides to hide any evidence that can make his son look guilty. And the younger sister is also deeply disturbed over the next few years as the story unfolds in courtrooms and jail buildings. And on top of it all, the son accused of murder, vanishes. The title is pretty much self expainatory... Their lives... Before and After. I was touched by the book so I will give it 4 stars.
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The Reiser were a typical American family. Two loving parents. Two bright teenagers. A lovely home in a small New England town. But then one day the doorbell rang, bring news of a shattering crime that would turn their son into a stranger and tear their lives in half.
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First the cover of my book looks different than the one pictured. Anyway, what happens to a family when a member is accused of a crime? A mother always wants to believe her child is innocent...but what happens if she uncovers something that makes her question that innocence?
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different cover than shown