Before (short story)

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"Before"
Author Gael Baudino
Country United States
Language English
Series Lammas Night
Genre(s) Fantasy short story
Published in Lammas Night
Publication type Anthology
Publisher BAEN Books
Media type Print (Paperback)
Publication date 1996

"Before" is a short story by Gael Baudino written deliberately in a style similar to William Faulkner's: the foreword to the story says, "the sometimes strange syntax and editorial elisions are intentional in this homage to Faulkner." It concerns Greta Harlow, a young woman living in a Lee's Corners, a small town in fictional Oktibushubee County. She is raped and impregnated by Jimmy White, son of a prominent and wealthy businessman. An elderly wealthy woman, Mrs. Gavin, counsels her on how to abort the baby. The story ends with Greta debating whether to follow through with the abortion or not.

Lee's Corners, Sophonsiba Gavin, and Greta's child, Magic, all play key parts in Baudino's most recent book, "The Borders of Life" (written as Gael Kathryns).