“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
"Redel's new novel brings to mind Virginia Woolf's The Waves."
"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