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Avoidance by Michael Lowenthal


by Michael Lowenthal

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An affecting book. A Harvard Divinity School student writing his dissertation on the Amish practice of shunning recalls his years as a summer camper after his father died and, especially, later, as an assistant director at the same camp during a year when he has a special relationship with one of the campers. It's a meditation on the meaning of especially intense communities set apart from the world, on friendship, & on the costs of inappropriate expressions of love. It's written in a way that makes you eager to keep reading to see what will happen next, only with an excess of writerly similes. ( )
  mbergman | Dec 3, 2007 |
Jeremy becomes infatuated with Max, a 14-year-old at summer camp. When Max confides in him that he has been molested by the camp director, Jeremy realises just how close he came to actually committing the same crime. ( )
  TonySandel | Sep 13, 2007 |
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"Try to imagine not even knowing how to fall, because a hand was always, always there to catch you." "How does someone, excluded from the only community he or she has ever known, go on living? Harvard student Jeremy Stull lives with a devout Amish family to observe their faith and their strict shunning of those who breach it. He befriends Beulah - a banished Amish woman - but comes no closer to understanding her predicament than he is to fathoming his own bitter exile." "For Jeremy, community means Ironwood, a summer camp in the Vermont woods. First as a camper, then as assistant director, Jeremy has found in Ironwood's rituals a sturdy foundation for his life. But when he is blindsided by the seductive charm of Max, a fourteen-year-old boy from Manhattan, all arms and legs and attitude, Jeremy must confront both his own confusing desires and a legacy of disturbing secrets at his beloved Ironwood."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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