Review: Love and Shame and Love – Peter Orner

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; November 7, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316129399
ISBN-13: 978-0316129398
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This book was different. I’m more used to books that tell a linear story. Rather than do that, Mr. Orner has chosen to present the fictional character through what seems to be a series of essays and letters. It has a tendency to jump around in time which can be a bit distracting. I liked the characters, and found their lives to be interesting. I can definitely see why this book has earned the literary praise it has, it is well written.

For those reader who enjoy the more literary type novels, I think this would probably be a great choice. I’m not sure it would be everyone’s taste in books, due to the fact that it tends to jump around and doesn’t seem to have an overall story.

I’d recommend it as being good, but I’m not really sure that it was my style of book. For that I’d recommend caution to the average reader.

About the Author:

Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of two widely praised books, Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. Orner is also the editor of two books of nonfiction, Underground America and Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and The Best American Short Stories, and has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Orner has taught at the University of Montana and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and is a faculty member at San Francisco State University. He lives in San Francisco.

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