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Before and After: A Novel | Rosellen Brown
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Beautifully written, compassionate and wise, Rosellen Brown's novel is the extraordinary story of a family's struggle to survive the throes of a tragedy. Before and After centers on Carolyn and Ben Reiser and their two children, Judith and Jacob, who live comfortably in a small New England town. When the chief of police comes looking for seventeen-year-old Jacob to question him about the bludgeoning to death of his girlfriend, the Reisers' lives are changed forever. Before and After is the compelling drama of the search for Jacob, his capture, and the chain of events set in motion by a brutal crime of passion. It is a story that pits parent against parent, brother against sister, family against community, blood loyalty against the law. With a flawless ear for dialogue and profound understanding of character and motive, Rosellen Brown has written a heart-wrenching novel that questions the very nature of violence in our society and our ability to ever really know our children.
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Before and After: A Novel | Rosellen Brown
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My 7 year old‘s reading loft is finished!! 😍 He has 2 closets, so we decided to do something fun with one. My dad built the reinforced platform and ladder and I did the rest. Painting the trim white was super not fun. It‘s a big room and it took 4 coats to cover that drab tan. 😩 So happy with the outcome, though! 💚

My 5 year old gets one, too, but it‘s not finished yet. I‘ll posts photos of it eventually.

MicheleinPhilly LOVE!!! 2mo
Cinfhen Looks awesome 😎 2mo
charl08 Wow! I would have loved one of these when I was a kid. (Wouldn't mind one now!) 2mo
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Amiable That‘s fabulous! 2mo
LibrarianRyan I totally get the covering with white. I have this weird brown wall. I have at least 7 coats of white paint on it and I and everyone else can STILL see the brown. This looks awesome BTW. 2mo
Cortg Amazing! 2mo
TheSpineView It looks fantastic! 🤩 2mo
Ruthiella 😮 WOW 😍 2mo
SilversReviews Looks great!! 2mo
writerlibrarian Looks of envy here from my much younger self. 2mo
saresmoore I love it! And I think the trim painting was worth the effort—it makes such a big difference! 2mo
UnidragonFrag 😱😍 I wish I had one of these as a kid, hell wish I had one now! 2mo
xicanti This is amazing. 2mo
rather_be_reading That is super cool!! It turned out great! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💚 Looks great! I need one of those. 2mo
Dawnrod1970 Love it, looks great! 2mo
LeahBergen I love it!! And I want one!! 😆😆 2mo
Aims42 What a fun mama you are!! I love this 💚 2mo
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly Thank you! 💚 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! 💚 2mo
britt_brooke @charl08 Thanks! 💚 Yeah, I need an adult-sized one. Wishful thinking!! 2mo
britt_brooke @Amiable Thank you! 💚 2mo
britt_brooke @LibrarianRyan It‘s so annoying trying to cover dark walls, etc! So much work. 😩 I still have to paint the trim and doors in my other son‘s room, and naturally, he has crown moulding, too. Not cool. Luckily, the rest of the house is not like this! 2mo
britt_brooke @saresmoore Thanks so much! 💚 Yes, definitely well worth it .... and I listened to a few audiobooks along the way. 🤓👏🏻 My other son‘s room has the same tan/brown accents plus crown moulding, so that‘s the next project. 🙄 Luckily, the rest of the house is not like that. 2mo
britt_brooke @UnidragonFrag I think we all need adult-sized ones!! 💚 2mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I‘m still tying to figure out how to work this into a master suite remodel. 😆 2mo
britt_brooke @Aims42 Aw, thank you! 💚 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
Kalalalatja Love it! 2mo
SilversReviews Looks amazing. 2mo
britt_brooke @Kalalalatja Thanks! 💚 2mo
Eggs That is brilliant. As a kid, that would have been heaven for me- a personal reading nook 📚 2mo
britt_brooke @Eggs Thank you! 💚 2mo
Mdargusch This is amazing! 2mo
britt_brooke @Mdargusch Thank you!! 2mo
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Before and After: A Novel | Rosellen Brown
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Non-bookish post (apologies for that) but I wanted to share with my Litsy fam. This past year has been a journey - I had weight loss surgery, started working out 4x/wk, completely overhauled my diet, and lost 75 pounds. These two pictures were taken exactly one year apart (😱). I'm just here to say - never be afraid to go after what you want!

WLS also sometimes has a weird stigma, so I'm trying not to hide that part of me. I'm proud of myself!

Librarybelle Congratulations! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Megabooks Wow! Congratulations!! 🥳🥳 2mo
VioletBramble Congratulations. 👏 2mo
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cherinium Congrats! It sounds like you made a full commitment by making complete lifestyle changes. I think that's the key! 👏👏👏👏 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm That's fantastic! You look great and you look like you feel great too! 2mo
QuietlyLaura Congratulations! We are all so proud of you! 👏🎉💕 2mo
DrawingSustenance Very inspiring! Congratulations, girl! 2mo
JenReadsAlot Thanks for sharing that amazing journey! 2mo
GypsyKat Wow! What an incredible accomplishment!!! Thank you for sharing! 👏👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
TheDaysGoBy Great job! 2mo
Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Crazeedi So great ! Congrats, 👏❤ 2mo
lele1432 Wow congrats!! 🥳🥳 2mo
mrp27 👏🏽🎉👏🏽🎉 2mo
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! Congratulations to you! ❤️ 2mo
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
GripLitGrl That's awesome congrats🎉 2mo
Kalalalatja You go 👏👏👏 2mo
JennyM Well done 👍😘 2mo
kezzlou85 Well done. ❤ 2mo
LeahBergen You‘re awesome! ❤️❤️ 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Congrats! 🎉 That‘s fantastic! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats! What a fantastic journey, I admire your hard work, determination! ❤️ 2mo
k.reads.5 So awesome, congratulations! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Good for you! Congratulations! 💪🏼 2mo
Redwritinghood Congrats! 2mo
Amor4Libros Congrats!!!!! 2mo
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Before and After: A Novel | Rosellen Brown
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@parttimedomestic Thank you for your #beforeandafter #giveaway

Before, my closet was for tissues and toilet paper.
After, it‘s also now for books too. I am not hoarding. 😳

Chili It‘s not hoarding if it‘s books. I keep telling my daughter this so she won‘t call the hoarders t.v. show. 😬 2y
AmyG @Chili Exactly! 🤣 2y
parttimedomestic Ha! Perfect place for books! Thanks for entering! 2y
Jess7 🤣🤣 2y
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Before and After: A Novel | Rosellen Brown
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My #wintersolticebookexchange pretty wrapping paper before and after. I left for work and didn‘t even clean it up. 😁

LibrarianRyan I did the same thing. 2y
MrBook 😁👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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