In a voice haunting and filled with longing, Before the Rain tells the story of love unexpected, its fragile bonds and subtle perils. As a newspaper editor in the '80s, Luisita Torregrosa lived her career. Enter Elizabeth, a striking, reserved—and married—reporter with whom Torregrosa falls deeply in love. Their story—tentative romance becoming intersecting ambitions and delicate union—unfolds as the narrative shifts to the Philippines and the fall of Ferdinand Marcos. There, on that beautiful, troubled island, the couple create a world away from the world. What is effortless abroad becomes less idyllic when they return to the mainland, 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 limited, 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 region of intimacy.

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