Love Among the Ruins by Robert Clark
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A beautifully written story of love, idealism, and our recent history.

Amid the crises of the summer of 1968, two teenagers become lovers. Emily is a good Catholic girl, for whom an incarnate God means joy and contentment in the life of the body. William is preoccupied, in a vague sort of way, with politics and the evils of the System. Together, impelled by physical passion and the idealistic notion that "all our life is some form of religion, and all our action some belief," they run away to create a new life in the wilderness. In their absence, their parents' predictable lives take an entirely different course, and America itself seems to lose its innocence, never to be quite the same again. Not since Alice McDermott's That Night or Scott Spencer's Endless Love has there been a novel that portrays with such immediacy and respect teenagers' first loveits intensity, finely calibrated moods, and worldly innocenceand the elusive nature of adult loveits passion and fragility, comforts and betrayals.

About Robert Clark

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Robert Clark is the prize-winning author of In the Deep Midwinter, Mr. White's Confession, and his recent memoir, My Grandfather's House. He lives in Seattle.
Published June 13, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 324 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Emily, Irish Catholic with a father in pharmaceuticals, would at first seem the more uptight, except she’s developed her own belief system—culled from Emily Dickinson and Barrett Browning—that permits her a whole lot more freedom than the nuns would ever allow.

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As Emily and Bill's romance progresses from letters to coffeehouse dates to surprisingly mature sex, Clark effectively evokes the youthful yearnings for freedom and a return to nature that characterized the '60s.

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A wistful letter to Emily Byrne from her long-lost love William Lowry opens Clark's lyrical novel, which then moves back in time to recapture the romance of the characters when they were teenagers.

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But Clark, while always respectful of William and Emily's feelings, also displays a bracing and much needed skepticism about the heart's propulsive urges toward love: as Emily decides there is "something a little weird" about William (though she enjoys ...

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