More Praise for Love and Shame and Love

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The Jewish Daily Forward reviews November’s Rumpus Book Club selection, Peter Orner’s Love and Shame and Love.

“Part epic, part bildungsroman, Peter Orner’s “Love and Shame and Love” is a refreshing departure from the shtetl nostalgia shtick that has come to typify contemporary American Jewish fiction. Orner’s characters are complex, but their quirks, like their Jewishness, are the stuff of real life. And like life, this novel is at times terrifically funny; at others, hopelessly sad. Always, the writing is meticulously crafted and evocative…”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →