Love and Shame and Love

A Novel
By Peter Orner (Trade Paperback, 2012)
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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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316129381

    • On Sale Date: 11/13/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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.

Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of two widely praised books, Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and The 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 University.

  • LOVE AND SHAME AND LOVE by Peter Orner

  • "Think Saul Bellow (Chicago setting, rollicking Jewish-style comedy) mated with Chekhov (unassuming, devastating detail), set to the twangy thump of early Tom Petty.  Now that promises quite a love child." (Boston Globe).

  • "A powerful and heartfelt family history....An ambitious, kaleidoscopic novel of the Jewish experience in Chicago." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "Resonates thanks to Orner's understanding that the more disparate the elements, the more complete the portrait of family life." (The Oprah Magazine).

  • "As Alexander says, 'I'm trying to write a sad story, a good, sad story.'  Orner has done that." (Washington Post).

  • "Mr. Orner has found a way of making loss and reclamation exist side by side." (Wall Street Journal).

  • "Love and Shame and Love is a rich and intriguing novel by a young master on how relationships, especially familial, both keep us afloat and sink us in equal measure." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "Orner excels at stripping away artifice and revealing the complicated, often contradictory workings of the human heart." (The Miami Herald).

  • "It stands as a feat of laudable literary skill that Orner manages to use one-off vignettes to get at the really big happenings in life." (Los Angeles Times).

  • "In his magnificent second novel, LOVE AND SHAME AND LOVE, Peter Orner proves he is one of the finest American poets of family weather." (Toronto Star).

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Love and Shame and Love
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 464
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316129381
  • On Sale Date: 11/13/2012
Love and Shame and Love

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