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Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

In Before You Know Kindness, the Seton family gathers every year at the homestead in rural New Hampshire. They're a genteel, wealthy family and the gatherings are full of both tennis, gin and tonics, and family divisions that live just below the service. They discuss non-lethal methods of dealing with deer that raid the garden, when one of the teenagers finds a rifle and decides to shoot the deer, but shoots her father instead. Chris Bohjalian explores the forces the drive a family apart and those that bring them back together. Before You Know Kindness has received mostly positive reviews with review saying, "This novel is all about the happenings that lead to the Seton family's ultimate contentment and happiness, and all that leads to the reader's ultimate contentment and happiness with a tale."
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