Love and Shame and Love

Love and Shame and Love

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316129398
Branch Call Number: FICTION Orner Peter 10/2011
Characteristics: 439 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 07, 2012

This book was slow at first, but after the first 50 or so pages, I felt that the story really picked up and was really interesting and it turned into a page-turner for me. I really liked this book. I will admit that Love and Shame and Love may not be for everybody, but I really enjoyed it. I loved the family dynamics in play; it really reminded me of my own family. So give this book a try if you're looking for a good read.

And don't let the number of pages fool you - a lot of pages have just one or two paragraphs printed on them, so the 500+ page count is very deceiving.

Check it out or put it on hold today!


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