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Author Rosellen Brown on What Happens "Before and After" Family Tragedy

Brown wrote the novels "Civil Wars" and "Tender Mercies." Her newest is called "Before and After." It's the story of a family's struggle to survive tragedy: their seventeen-year-old son Jacob conceals his darker side from his parents until the chief of police comes looking for Jacob one night in connection with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

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Other segments from the episode on December 14, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 14, 1992: Interview with Rosellen Brown; Interview with John Lahr; Review of Marguerite Duras's novel "North China Lover."

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