“Gorgeous, a heartbreaker, a non-stop dazzler, a major achievement. Thank you, Victoria Redel.”
—Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours
“Victoria Redel bears witness to a remarkable group of women, effortlessly weaving back and forth through time, each thread revealing the cracks and secrets of their complex lives, while also drawing them closer. . . . Redel proves that female friendship is the quiet, steady engine that truly runs the world.”
—Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
“Before Everything is, well, everything you want a novel about life, death, and friendship to be—smart, moving, sweeping, poetic, stinging, just beautiful. I loved these women (and their men) and this elegy to their long-reaching bonds.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing
“Before Everything is a riveting, timely story that explores the unsettlingly beautiful, emotionally charged landscape that is revealed when old friends embrace what they have never before admitted: the limits of mortality and the boundlessness of friendship.”
—Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
Available June 27th Viking Penguin Books
Forthcoming in the U.K, France, Italy, Germany. Poland, Turkey and China.
Before Everything turns on the grand themes, love and death--love among five women, "the old friends," and the death of one of them. Redel's elegant narration unfolds not in linear time but in the time of memory, moving among the friends to reveal their shifting connections, needs, and circumstances. At once tough and tender, funny and sad, this beautifully written novel articulates the dynamic realities of those wondrous friendships that last a lifetime.
-- Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
"I admire Victoria Redel's work for so many reasons-- for its fearlessness, its complexity, its beauty --and Before Everything is one of the most brilliant,radiant and heartbreaking books I've read in years. Redel's characters-- fierce and funny, loyal and compassionate--feel as real and beloved as the people we hold dearest in our own lives. An extraordinary novel by one of the best writers we have. "
Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans