The Rain Before It Falls


Rosamund lies dying in her remote Shropshire home. But before she does so, she has one last task: to put on tape not just her own story but the story of a young blind girl, her cousin’s granddaughter, who turned up mysteriously at a party many years ago. This is a story of generations, and of the relationships within a family.

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A heartbreaking novel of family secrets from one of the masters of modern fiction, The Rain Before it Falls is part of our Penguin Essentials series which spotlights the very best of our modern classics

Deeply moving and compelling, The Rain Before it Falls is the story of three generations of one family riven by tragedy. When Rosamund, a reluctant bearer of family secrets, dies suddenly, a mystery is left for her niece Gill to unravel. Some photograph albums and tapes point towards a blind girl named Imogen whom no one has seen in twenty years. The search for Imogen and the truth of her inheritance becomes a shocking story of mothers and daughters and of how sadness, like a musical refrain, may haunt us down the years.

‘A sad, often very moving story of mothers and daughters’ Guardian

‘Entirely compelling…the plot will keep you rapt…reminiscent of Ian McEwan at his most effective’
New Statesman

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Weight 0.159 kg
Dimensions 18.1 × 11.1 × 1.7 cm