The Life Before Her Eyes

Title

The Life Before Her Eyes

Creator

Kasischke

Date

2002-11-11

Description

"Diana stands before the mirror preening with her best friend, Maureen. Suddenly, a classmate enters holding a gun, and Diana sees her life dance before her eyes. In a moment the future she was just imagining--a doting wife and mother at the age of forty--is sealed by a horrific decision she is forced to make. In prose infused with the dramatically feminine sensuality of spring, we experience seventeen-year-old Diana's uncertain steps into womanhood--her awkward, heated forays into sex; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity. Together with the sights and sounds of renewal, we experience the tasks of Diana's adulthood: protecting her beloved daughter and holding onto her successful husband.

An acclaimed writer and poet, Laura Kasischke has crafted a consciousness that encompasses the truth of a teenager's world and the profound transformation of that world at midlife. Resonant and deeply stirring, The Life Before Her Eyes finds piercing beauty in the midst of a nightmare from long ago that echoes like a dirge beneath each new spring."

Summary from publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/The-Life-Before-Her-Eyes/9780156027120

Publisher

Harcourt

Coverage

Reader reviews of The Life Before Her Eyes from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/205005.The_Life_Before_Her_Eyes

Type

Psychological fiction

Subject

Book

Format

Book

Language

English

Identifier

The Life Before Her Eyes

Files

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Citation

Kasischke, “The Life Before Her Eyes,” The School Shooting Fiction Archive, accessed June 30, 2022, https://www.ssfarchive.org/items/show/576.

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