What I Had Before I Had You: A Novel by Sarah CornwellWhat I Had Before I Had You: A Novel by Sarah Cornwell

What I Had Before I Had You: A Novel

bySarah Cornwell

Hardcover | January 7, 2014

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In What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell, a woman must face the truth about her past in this luminous, evocative literary novel of parents and children, guilt and forgiveness, memory and magical thinking, set in the faded, gritty world of the New Jersey Shore.

Olivia was only fifteen the summer she left her hometown of Ocean Vista. Two decades later, on a visit with her children, her nine-year-old son Daniel, recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, disappears. Olivia’s search for him sparks tender and painful memories of her past—of her fiercely loving and secretive mother, Myla, an erratic and beautiful psychic, and the discovery of heartbreaking secrets that shattered her world.

Sarah Cornwell grew up in Narberth, Pennsylvania. Her fiction has appeared in thePushcart Prize Anthology,Missouri Review,Mid-American Review,Gulf Coast, andHunger Mountain, among others, and her screen- writing has been honored with a Humanitas Prize. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, Sarah has worke...
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Title:What I Had Before I Had You: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062237845

ISBN - 13:9780062237842

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“Cornwell skillfully navigates themes of mental illness, memories, and identity with carefully chosen prose. . . . [An] impressive first novel.”