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Love and Shame and Love


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ISBN13: 9780316129381
ISBN10: 0316129380
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Alexander Popper can't stop remembering. Four years old when his father tossed him into Lake Michigan, he was told, Sink or swim, kid. In his mind, he's still bobbing in that frigid water. The rest of this novel's vivid cast of characters also struggle to remain afloat: Popper's mother, stymied by an unhappy marriage, seeks solace in the relentless energy of Chicago; his brother, Leo, shadow boss of the family, retreats into books; paternal grandparents, Seymour and Bernice, once high fliers, now mourn for long lost days; his father, a lawyer and would-be politician obsessed with his own success, fails to see that the family is falling apart; and his college girlfriend, the fiercely independent Kat, wrestles with impossible choices.

Covering four generations of the Popper family, Peter Orner illuminates the countless ways that love both makes us whole and completely unravels us. A comic and sorrowful tapestry of memory of connection and disconnection, Love and Shame and Love explores the universals with stunning originality and wisdom.

About the Author

Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of two widely praised books, Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and The Best American Short Stories, and has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Orner is now a faculty member at San Francisco State University.

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librariphile, August 2, 2014 (view all comments by librariphile)
A lovely summer read! The Popper family is quite special and Orner writes with humor, deep insight, and smart sentence structure.

Random tidbit: I happened to read Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena after this book and found out in the appreciations at the end that Orner was Marra's advisor. Both are wonderfully gifted writers.
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A Novel
Orner, Peter
Back Bay Books
Literature-A to Z
Literature-Family Life
General Fiction
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8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 in 0.91 lb

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