/? ^* **,.-. ^ ^l Before and After by RoseUen Brown pp., $21 Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1992, 354 whole, this is an excellent and readable novel. to over-explanation, but on the pediatrician. Her husband, Ben, Together with Jacob and Judith, Carolyn Reiser is a successful Moon Crossing Bridge by Tess GaUagher Graywolf Press, 1992, 99 pp., $17 lagher's sixth book, is a remark- is a househusband and sculptor. they form a family, "an eight-legged graceful animal alive under a single pelt." Then Jacob murders his girlfriend, and the Reisers' comfortable Brown's ambitious book. Brown is best known for the Moon Crossing Bridge, Tess Gal- "before" becomes the nightmarish "after" that is the subject of RoseUen able and unforgettable accomplishment, a rhythmic journey into her feelings about the death of her husband, fiction writer Raymond Carver. Throughout the colforth across her "bridge" of feeling. lection, GaUagher takes us back and Love, sadness, and remembrance acclaimed novel, Tender Mercies. Her fiction has been praised for its con- similar praise. Brown is unswervingly accurate in her depiction of how people feel, and what they do when faced with an unbeliev- vincing realism and strong characters, and Before and After deserves are
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1993
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