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Title:Life Before Man
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Publisher:Simon & Schuster
ISBN:0671251155
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Number of Pages:317
Category:Fiction, Canada, Contemporary, Novels, Literary fiction

Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Life Before Man Imprisoned by walls of their own construction here are three people each in midlife in midcrisis forced to make choices after the rules have changed Elizabeth with her controlled sensuality her suppressed rage is married to the wrong man She has just lost her latest lover to suicide Nate her gentle indecisive husband is planning to leave her for Lesje a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth s dead lover and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably toward the same climax

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