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Before the Rain
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Before the Rain
A Memoir of Love and Revolution
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In a voice haunting and filled with longing, Before the Rain tells the story of love unexpected, its fragile bounds and subtle perils. As a newspaper editor in the '80s, Luisita Torregrosa lived her career. Enter Elizabeth, a striking, reserved, and elusive writer with whom Torregrosa falls deeply in love. Their story—irresistible romance, overlapping ambitions, and fragile union—unfolds as the narrative shifts to the Philippines and the fall of Ferdinand Marcos. There, on that beautiful, troubled island, the couple creates a world of their own, while covering political chaos and bloody upheavals. What was effortless abroad becomes less idyllic when they return to the United States, and their ending becomes as surprising and revealing as their beginning. Torregrosa captures the way love transforms those who experience it for an unforgettable, but often too brief, time. This book is distinguished not only by its strong, unique, and conflicted heroines, but also by Torregrosa's lyrical portrait of the Philippines and the even more exotic heart of intimacy.

In a voice haunting and filled with longing, Before the Rain tells the story of love unexpected, its fragile bounds and subtle perils. As a newspaper editor in the '80s, Luisita Torregrosa lived her career. Enter Elizabeth, a striking, reserved, and elusive writer with whom Torregrosa falls deeply in love. Their story—irresistible romance, overlapping ambitions, and fragile union—unfolds as the narrative shifts to the Philippines and the fall of Ferdinand Marcos. There, on that beautiful, troubled island, the couple creates a world of their own, while covering political chaos and bloody upheavals. What was effortless abroad becomes less idyllic when they return to the United States, and their ending becomes as surprising and revealing as their beginning. Torregrosa captures the way love transforms those who experience it for an unforgettable, but often too brief, time. This book is distinguished not only by its strong, unique, and conflicted heroines, but also by Torregrosa's lyrical portrait of the Philippines and the even more exotic heart of intimacy.

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  • LUISITA LÓPEZ TORREGROSA is the author of The Noise of Infinite Longing and was an editor at the New York Times. Her articles also have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times,Condé Nast Traveler, and Vogue.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 14, 2012
    A friendship between two journalists covering the Philippines Revolution of 1986 deepens into a passionate, far-flung love affair in this serenely capable work by Lopez Torregrosa (The Noise of Infinite Longing). The two women were first colleagues at a Manhattan newspaper office: the Puerto Rico–born author was an editor at the New York Times, a refugee from a “dead relationship” in the suburbs who moved to her friend Tim’s house in a “seedy” neighborhood of the city; while Elizabeth (then known as Blake) was the newbie reporter in the office, sharp, diffident, a loner, and separating from her husband. A position for South Asia correspondent opened up, and Elizabeth took it, just as the presidential election campaign of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino heated up. Tentatively the two writers grew closer over correspondence; the author arrived for a four-week vacation in Manila, sealing her resolve to leave her job at the newspaper, move to Manila to be with Elizabeth, and try to write a book, as Elizabeth has encouraged her. Indeed, over seven years amid tumultuous travels, journalistic assignments, and housekeeping from New York to Tokyo, their relationship charged their writerly ambition with passionate purpose, yet the long separations eventually took a lonely toll. Moreover, as Lopez Torregrosa fashions in her oblique and beautiful fashion, the two women could never really acknowledge their love publicly, underscoring a sad truth to this memorable work. Agent: Kathy Robbins.

  • Booklist

    August 1, 2012
    Torregrosa's stirring memoir of the 1980s and 1990s evokes politically tumultuous places, Manila and Baghdad, and the emotionally turbulent landscape of a high-risk, passionate, and sometimes controversial intimacy. The rhythms defining that heartfelt yearning unfold as desk-bound editor Torregrosa falls in love with reserved, understated Elizabeth, a married foreign correspondent who invites her to the Philippines, not for friendship but something dreadful and brilliant. The lovers evolve as a couple amid political upheavals and personal dissimilarities: I was the very thing she wanted to avoidchaos, intensity, a fall from grace. I was writing, passion, books, long drinks in the night. It frightened her. . . . I was unlike anyone she had known, fearless, unrelenting, moving within a world I had largely created for myself, haunted by a bottomless sorrow. Conflicting assignments and relocations exacerbate the author's self-doubting bouts with black holes of failure, making this memoir as much about the struggles of creating art as the uncertainties of intimacy and passion. Torregrosa leaves us wondering: Does time heal wounds or turn them into blurred markers of our history?(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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