How You Lose by J.C. Amberchele
A Novel in Stories

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How You Lose is a remarkable work of fiction in which a constellation of artfully linked stories follows a young woman named Melody, the man who shot her—Alex—and several people whose lives intersect briefly with Melody’s in a succession of meaningful coincidences. A wise and penetrating debut novel about the life-altering repercussions of a crime—for the perpetrator and victims alike—How You Lose plumbs the psychological depths of empathy, redemption, and identity. Distinguished not only by its compelling themes and all-too-human characters, How You Lose is remarkable for its elegant orchestration of the stories: They stand alone, but as the book progresses, they build into a whole that emerges as a deeply resounding and unified depiction of both the fragility and resilience of the human condition.

About J.C. Amberchele

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Amberchele was born in Philadelphia in 1940 and attended a Quaker school, then colleges in Pennsylvania and New York, earning a B.A. in psychology. He is currently serving time in prison.
Published May 10, 2002 by Carroll & Graf. 176 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some stories perhaps serve to raise questions about moral accountability among people in the mainstream and outside the prison walls: Jarrold, as a teenager, may have been responsible for the death of a girlfriend;

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The stories about Mel's friends are less effective, but Amberchele hits the literary bull's-eye with Mel, particularly in the narratives where she meets the man she seems destined to marry, "Hardly Friends" and "Do I Know You?"

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