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Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner

Love and Shame and Love

by Peter Orner

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I wish I could give this just one more half star.

For me, this was a great Chicago novel, though not a great novel. I never felt like the little chapters added up to anything substantial enough and it began to feel rushed by the end.

But golly, it was fun to read about the city. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
I am not sure about this one, but I am intrigued...."....Peter Orner illuminates the countless ways that love both makes us whole and completely unravels us."
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
The writing style was so unusual and also somewhat difficult for me. I did not feel that I knew most of the characters well, but I was interested in them and their lives. I would like to learn more about many of them. ( )
  suesbooks | Jan 20, 2015 |
As another Goodreads reviewer put it, it's an "epic book about non-epic happenings". ( )
  olevia | Apr 5, 2013 |
Love and Shame and Love came to me through the First Editions Club at Book Passage. It's the story of a secular Jewish family in Chicago, focusing primarily on Alexander Popper but including significant parts of his parent's and grandparent's lives. The earlier generations were self-made men who one reviewer likens to the characters in Saul Bellow's novels. Alexander struggles to find his identity throughout the book which follows his life from childhood to his 30's. The book moves back in forth in time alternatingly dealing with the three generations, a stye that Booklist described as "iridescently mosaicked". I found it somewhat distracting in the beginning but got used to by the end. All by all I enjoyed the book and would say it's definitely worth a read. ( )
  RebaRelishesReading | Sep 29, 2012 |
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"Mr. Orner has found a distinct writing style for his fiction work: short, lyrical chapters that give his work a mosaic-like feel."
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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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The interactions of four generations of the Popper family reveal the ways in which love, memory, and connections can make individuals whole or completely unravel them.

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