Love And Shame And Love: A Novel

Paperback | November 13, 2012

byPeter Orner

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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 Loveexplores the universals with stunning originality and wisdom.

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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 t...

Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of two widely praised books,Esther StoriesandThe Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His work has appeared in theAtlantic MonthlyandThe 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 Univ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316129380

ISBN - 13:9780316129381

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