Life Before Man

Life Before Man

Margaret Atwood


Imprisoned by way of partitions in their personal building, listed below are 3 humans, every one in midlife, in midcrisis, compelled to make choices--after the foundations have changed.  Elizabeth, along with her managed sensuality, her suppressed rage, is married to the inaccurate man.  She has simply misplaced her most modern lover to suicide.  Nate, her mild, indecisive husband, is making plans to depart her for Lesje, a perennial blameless who prefers dinosaurs to men.  Hanging over all of them is the ghost of Elizabeth's lifeless lover...and the dizzying danger of 3 lives careening necessarily towards an analogous climax.

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