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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

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Big Book of Misunderstanding by Jim Gladstone

rusty97015, February 7, 2008

While browsing through the stacks at Powell's, I stumbled across this book. I hadn't heard of the author or the book. I'm so glad I decided to buy it. The description and "review comments" on the back of the book were nothing special, but I was intrigued by the title. Judging from it's description, I thought this would be a story connecting me to a child, perhaps giving me insight into my own childhood. That is partly what happened. But, I also gained some perspective regarding parenting and how children, even siblings, perceive their parents differently. Additionally, I gained some insight into how parents with the best intentions can be largely misunderstood by their children (and misunderstand their children!).

I found each of the main characters (a mother, a father, and two sons of an upper-middle class suburban Philadelphia family) likable and interesting in their own right. Peripheral characters, as they came and went, were also interesting and kept me engaged.

I found this book in the gay and lesbian section, but I wouldn't say it is necessarily a gay-themed book. Because the main character is a child through a good portion of the story, sexuality has only a limited role. But, there is a growing up and "coming of age" context that I think gay men, lesbians, transgendered, and heterosexual men and women can all relate to. I think virtually everyone can read this book and identify with the characters and their situations on some level.
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