Thursday Book Review: Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian
I went through a bit of a Chris Bohjalian obsession last summer. I read each of his books, one after the other. Chris Bohjalian writes gorgeous stories; stories that are intricately layered and filled with characters who are complex and believable.
The best of last summer’s books was Before You Know Kindness, the story of the Seton clan, led by widowed, wealthy, energetic Nan Seton. Each summer, Nan invites her son and daughter, John and Catherine, along with their spouses and children, to spend time at the family home in New Hampshire. Under Nan’s direction, the family participates in an endless and dizzying round of athletic and social activities. This summer, though, a freak accident occurs. The accident ends up shaking up each family member’s assumptions about their lives and one another. They are each forced to reevaluate what is important to them.
Before You Know Kindness is a story about family and values and when to draw the line with your beliefs. It’s a story about forgiveness and understanding when to give in. It’s a truly great read.