A profound and moving coming-of-age novel that explores the end of one woman's innocence in childhood.
One of BBC's "10 Books to Read in August"
"an altogether fresh take on the coming-of-age story...Boullosa manages to merge humor with panic seamlessly." — Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Carmen Boullosa is, in my opinion, a true master."—Alvaro Mutis
Part bildungsroman, part ghost story, part revenge novel, Before tells the story of a woman who returns to the landscape of her childhood to overcome the fear that held her captive as a girl. This powerful exploration of the path to womanhood and lost innocence won Mexico's two most prestigious literary prizes.
Carmen Boullosa, one of Mexico's leading writers, has published nearly twenty novels. Her most recent novel, Texas: The Great Theft, won the 2014 Typographical Era Translation Award and was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Award.