|Plot Summary of Back Before Dark|
NAL, Jan 2004, 12.95, 272 pp.
Frannie met JP years ago at a New Orleans music festival and surprisingly married him not long afterward. The Colorado resident relocated to Bayou Country. Over half her life spent here, she and JP they raised two children.
After calling her father on his sixty-ninth birthday in which he sounded depressed, Frannie worries about him being alone. The next day she thinks something happened to him only to learn he committed suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage. Over the objections of her Los Angeles based brother, Frannie insists his body be buried in Tennessee where his sister still lives. As Frannie begins to uncover her dad's life to understand why he killed himself, she learns more about herself in the process, leaving JP to worry about their future together.
BACK BEFORE DARK is an insightful look at the aftermath of suicide on survivors. The various family members react to the death differently, but all are affected. Readers especially see Frannie's external spin turn quite introspective as if she wonders if that is all there is in life. Though somber, Frannie makes the tale not turn maudlin as she deals with what would bring her personal satisfaction in this fine character study.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Back Before Dark|
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Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
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- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- small businessman
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
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- 3 ()
- Deep South
- mostly 3rd
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- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
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- significantly more dialog than descript
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