NOVEMBER 2011 HARDCOVER
Love and Shame and Love
Alexander Popper is four years old when his father throws him into Lake Michigan, telling him to sink or swim. The rest of the family also struggles to stay afloat: His mother is trapped in an unhappy marriage; his brother, the shadow boss of the clan, rises above it; paternal grandparents, Seymour and Bernice, once high fliers, now live lives full of regret; and his father, obsessed with his own success, fails to see that the family is unraveling.
Covering four decades of Alexander’s life, from childhood to romance to unexpected fatherhood, Peter Orner illuminates the intricacies of love and the shame that sometimes follows. Alternately comic and sorrowful, Love and Shame and Love explores the universals with stunning originality and wisdom.
About the Author: Peter Orner is the author of two widely praised books, Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. Born in Chicago and trained as a lawyer, Orner now lives in San Francisco and is an associate professor at San Francisco State.
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