Life Before Man is a tragicomic tale of love seeking to find its way in the wake of death from the bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments
Elizabeth has just lost her latest lover to suicide while Nate, her husband, is working up to run off with Lesje. And Lesje? She would rather be studying dinosaurs than distracted by men.
As Elizabeth, Nate and Lesje find themselves imprisoned by walls of their own construction the ghost of Elizabeth’s dead lover hangs over them. Under his shadow, and in the spell of love, their lives will collide and entangle towards a single tragicomic climax.
‘Tender, funny, absorbing, idiosyncratic, truthful, heartening... A liberating novel’ Literary Review
A modern saga...she has a fine ear for words and a quick wit for absudities
An extraordinary imagination - witty, light-footed, realistic, yet with shooting insights into the nature of personality and love
Tender, funny, absorbing, idiosyncratic, truthful, heartening... A liberating novel. It deserves a wide readership
Mordant intelligence; formidable insight into the springs of human self-deception, self-aggrandisement and self-destruction; and an effortless, always vivid style
Beautifully written and constructed... A rich and elegant achievement
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