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Critical Praise

"Once again, Chris Bohjalian dares to tackle the complexities --- and complacencies --- of modern society at its most vulnerable spot, where the personal clashes with the political, where the private is forced to go public. And once again, he forges a drama that will keep his readers on the edge of their seats...perhaps their conscience as well."

——Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award for Three Junes

"Elegant, refined...a triumph."

——Booklist (starred review)

"Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."

——The New York Times Book Review

"Chris Bohjalian's many fans will be glad to know he's back on the high wire, expertly balancing topical issues with the more timeless concerns of the human heart. His well-drawn, sympathetic characters deepen and intensify the novel's gripping plot rather than simply serving it. Before You Know Kindness is smart, first-rate storytelling."

——Richard Russo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls