Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Love and Shame and Love Book Review...

Love and Shame and Love: A Novel
Peter Orner

"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."

What we thought: Love and Shame and Love is a fantastic novel. Peter Orner does a great job revealing his characters in a way that makes them truly human and gives them behaviors we can truly relate to, which makes this a really entertaining read. The characters could be any American family.

It is both funny and heart wrenching and is really hard to put down.  ABCD Diaries gives Love and Shame and Love an A+!

Buy It: Find this book at your favorite bookseller this November.

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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