Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner
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Orner is a very gifted writer. Passages of this book sing beautifully... Even when there is hardly a happy arc, you tell its story anyway. With a ferocity that can only be called love.
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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.
 

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Peter Orner is the author of two other books, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and Love and Shame and Love. Some of the stories in Esther Stories first appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Epoch, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southern Review, among other periodicals. One was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 2001, and another in The Pushcart Prize XXVI. Orner was born in Chicago and now lives in San Francisco.
 
Published November 7, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 458 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Freeman on Jan 28 2012

Orner is a very gifted writer. Passages of this book sing beautifully... Even when there is hardly a happy arc, you tell its story anyway. With a ferocity that can only be called love.

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