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Ms. Martin's trademarks: a preoccupation with the dark underside of life, a taste for disturbing, even macabre imagery... excursions into an unseen realm [of] strange and magical events... Martin possesses a sure storytelling gift, [an] ability to transform a myriad of specific details into larger, symbolic shapes. --New York Times
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Published September 13th 2011 by Lost Horse Press (first published January 1976)
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Teresa
Mar 22, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this very slim volume surely has to be ironic (as I think the title of the only other story collection I've read by Martin so far, "The Consolation of Nature," is too) as these stories are about the extremely obsessive side of 'love' and not about 'real' love at all (except maybe in one story in which the recognition of love comes way too late.) As in many of her other works, the stories here are disturbing, very unsettling, even funny and quite true.
Michelle
Aug 23, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Each and every one of these snapshots into the lives of seven people offer a glimpse into a mindset; be it one tormented by loneliness, OCD tendencies, bitterness or hope. And that’s just my interpretation. Martin’s prose never quite feels finished, which superbly enhances the “fleeting thoughts” style through which we launch breathlessly into the experiences of the characters. We become privy to their innermost desires and fears, and join them at moments of heightened emotions.

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The Twins
Sep 21, 2011 The Twins rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why the book is titled "Love" as the stories have nothing to do with ordinary love, but then nothing about those stories is ordinary. They are written to shock and some are a bit confusing.
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Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property).
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