Before and Again (St. Martin’s Press, 2018), the newest novel from best-selling author and Boston College alumna Barbara Delinsky, begins with a horrifying moment. While driving on an unfamiliar road, Mackenzie Cooper misses a stop sign. The resulting car accident kills her five-year-old daughter, and in the aftermath Mackenzie also loses her marriage, family, friends, and—thanks to intense media coverage—her privacy. According to the publisher: “Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves in—mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends—and what kind of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.” Publishers Weekly calls Before and Again “deeply moving” and “a rewarding, emotionally intense novel.” Delinsky writes character-driven novels about marriage, parenthood, siblings, and friendship. She has had 22 books on the New York Times best sellers list, and her novels have been published in more than 25 languages worldwide.
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