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Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner
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Mar 02, 12


A charming novel whose short poetic scenes expose a scattering of moments in the family lives of three generations of Chicagoans. Like realizing that vowels aren't really necessary to understand a sentence, this novel made me understand that narrative summary, or the transitions between scenes that compress story time and fill us in on what happened while the scenic doors were closed, isn't necessary for understanding a story. But it also made me understand that I miss these transitions that are often forbidden because they speak to us didactically and directly in the authorial voice, and that without them, there's no framework on which to hang the author's unique understanding of the world that makes a novel first-rate.
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