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The Conditions of Love

Dale M. Kushner

Dale M. Kushner's novel The Conditions of Love traces the journey of a girl from childhood to adulthood as she reckons with her parents' abandonment, her need to break from society's limitations, and her overwhelming desire for spiritual and erotic love. In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the backwaters of Wisconsin with her outrageously narcissistic mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father as an infant, Eunice worries that she will become a misfit like her mother. When her mother's lover, the devoted Sam, moves in, Eunice imagines her life will finally become normal. But her hope dissolves when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm sends Eunice away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice's odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit's shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to redefine herself, reject bitterness and keep her heart open, she survives and flourishes. In this, she is both ordinary and heroic. At once fable and realistic story, The Conditions of Love is a book about emotional and physical survival. Through sheer force of will, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life. This engaging examination of a mother and daughter's relationship will appeal to the same audience that embraced Mona Simpson's acclaimed classic Anywhere But Here and Elizabeth Strout's bestselling Amy and Isabelle.

Dale M. Kushner's novel The Conditions of Love traces the journey of a girl from childhood to adulthood as she reckons with her parents' abandonment, her need to break from society's limitations, and her overwhelming desire for spiritual and erotic love. In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the backwaters of Wisconsin with her outrageously narcissistic mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father as an infant, Eunice worries that she will become a misfit like her mother. When her mother's lover, the devoted Sam, moves in, Eunice imagines her life will finally become normal. But her hope dissolves when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm sends Eunice away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice's odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit's shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to redefine herself, reject bitterness and keep her heart open, she survives and flourishes. In this, she is both ordinary and heroic. At once fable and realistic story, The Conditions of Love is a book about emotional and physical survival. Through sheer force of will, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life. This engaging examination of a mother and daughter's relationship will appeal to the same audience that embraced Mona Simpson's acclaimed classic Anywhere But Here and Elizabeth Strout's bestselling Amy and Isabelle.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Dale M. Kushner's novel The Conditions of Love traces the journey of a girl from childhood to adulthood as she reckons with her parents' abandonment, her need to break from society's limitations, and her overwhelming desire for spiritual and erotic love. In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the backwaters of Wisconsin with her outrageously narcissistic mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father as an infant, Eunice worries that she will become a misfit like her mother. When her mother's lover, the devoted Sam, moves in, Eunice imagines her life will finally become normal. But her hope dissolves when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm sends Eunice away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice's odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit's shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to redefine herself, reject bitterness and keep her heart open, she survives and flourishes. In this, she is both ordinary and heroic. At once fable and realistic story, The Conditions of Love is a book about emotional and physical survival. Through sheer force of will, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life. This engaging examination of a mother and daughter's relationship will appeal to the same audience that embraced Mona Simpson's acclaimed classic Anywhere But Here and Elizabeth Strout's bestselling Amy and Isabelle.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tara Ochs

Length:

16h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

32:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

47:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

49:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

41:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

30:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

57:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

50:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

34:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

32:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

30:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

40:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

31:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:14