For 10 summers, the extended Seton family met at their country home in New Hampshire to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and drinking gin and tonic on the homestead porch to celebrate the end of the season. But during the 11th summer, everything changes. A hidden, partially loaded hunting rifle winds up in exactly the wrong hands at precisely the wrong time, leading to an inadvertent but terrible accident that tests the values uniting the family and the convictions that might pull it apart.
Rich with unforgettable characters and great depth of feeling, Before You Know Kindness also adds a warmly human dimension to some of the most controversial issues of our time.
"Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power." (
The New York Times Book Review)"Bohjalian's elegant, refined writing makes even the most ordinary details of family life fascinating, and his characters leap off the pages as very real, flawed, but completely sympathetic human beings....A triumph." (
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