I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff

76%

17 Critic Reviews

Medoff’s fully realized novel beautifully explores the most important relationships we create: as parent, as sibling, as spouse.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Which child would you save? A decision no parent can even fathom.



Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household . . .



Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives-and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we'll go to save each other, even as we can't save ourselves.
 

About Jillian Medoff

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Jillian Medoff attended Barnard College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. A former fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, Jillian has taught at NYU and the University of Georgia.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by 5 Spot. 433 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for I Couldn't Love You More
All: 17 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
May 01 2012

Medoff’s fully realized novel beautifully explores the most important relationships we create: as parent, as sibling, as spouse.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Medoff’s exploration of fidelity, family, and parenthood provides a complex look at the difficult role of a stepparent.

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People

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Greissinger on Jun 04 2012

Hilarious and heart-wrenching, I Couldn't Love You More points up how our half-conscious choices often have long-lasting repercussions...

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova on Jun 04 2012

I felt that Medoff’s writing style had this wonderful descriptive quality and I quickly felt as if Eliot Gordon were a friend I’ve known for many years.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Jun 18 2012

Medoff definitely arouses emotion with this poignant tale.

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Literate Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Conner on May 17 2012

I drank in I Couldn’t Love You Morel from the beginning... I lingered over the passages like those above because it felt as though they were spoken to me directly.

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Literary Escapism

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Aug 06 2012

I Couldn’t Love You More moves at a very steady and easy to read pace. However, I have to admit it was a bit of a stressful read, though not in a bad way; more like an “I have to know what’s going to happen next way”.

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Novel Escapes

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Jun 07 2012

Humour, heart breaking tragedy and hope grace these pages as Medoff deftly explores family, a mother's love, and an unbreakable sisterly bond.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

Good

Jillian Medoff does an excellent job of bringing all of the characters, even the ones on the peripheral, to life... It's my first read from her, but it definitely won't be my last.

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The Book Chick

Good
Reviewed by Jonita on May 16 2012

Filled with profound truths, characters that are easy to relate to, and a twist that you won't see coming, I Couldn't Love You More is for anyone who has ever been given the gift of a child to look after.

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Reading with Martinis

Good
Reviewed by Kelly Houser on Jun 04 2012

It was very easy for me to become engaged with the story because Medoff’s writing style was so inviting... Medoff’s writing style definitely made for a very pleasurable reading experience.

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Change the Word

Good
Reviewed by Laura Chapman on Jun 26 2012

Aside from the compelling family element, the story delves into choices, consequences and forgiveness in an entertaining and easy-to-read format.

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Author Exposure

Below average
Reviewed by Libby on Aug 20 2012

I Couldn’t Love You More (May 2012) is a deftly nuanced novel that in the end could have used a bit more tweaking.

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Review from Here

Below average
Reviewed by Tracee on Jun 09 2012

The plot wasn’t developed enough there for me to truly understand how she could be that torn between the two men in her life – torn enough to cause her family such pain.

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Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Sep 19 2012

Medoff's writing style is flawless and the character development phenomenal.

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Poof Books

Good
May 31 2012

This novel will tug at your heart-strings and you might even find yourself yelling out to Eliot like a backseat driver... I am confident Jillian Medoff has more to say and I will be there to read it.

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Confessions of a Hungry Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Sheryl on May 28 2012

Overall though, this book is an open and honest portrayal of a loving family that experiences tragic circumstances.

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