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All I Love and Know: A Novel by Judith Frank

By Judith Frank

Advised with the storytelling strength and emotional constancy of Wally Lamb, it is a searing drama of a contemporary American relations close to dissolution, one who explores adoption, homosexual marriage, and love misplaced and found.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have loved a quiet family lifestyles jointly in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in lots of methods, they've got grown jointly and made their courting paintings. but if they research that Daniel’s dual brother and sister-in-law were killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are all at once, completely transformed.

In facing their households and the necessity to decide approximately who will increase the deceased couple’s young ones, either Matthew and Daniel are faced with demanding situations that strike on the very middle in their courting. what's Matthew’s position in a longer relatives that doesn't thoroughly settle for him or the dedication he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel’s questions about his id as a Jewish guy have an effect on his lifestyles as a homosexual American? Tensions simply accentuate after they study that the deceased mom and dad sought after Matthew and Daniel to undertake the children—six-year-old Gal, and child Noam.

The influence this speedy new relatives has on Matthew, Daniel, and their dating is sophisticated and heartbreaking, but no longer with out glimmers of desire. they need to learn how to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, occasionally painful methods. what sort of mom and dad can those males rather be? How does a kinfolk develop into powerful adequate to stick jointly and undergo? And are there limits to honesty or commitment—or love? 

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Brian smiles at Tricia, then back at Neil. “I don’t know,” he says. ” says Neil. ” Brian pours out another glass of wine for Neil, then tilts the bottle slightly toward him as if making a toast. He pours for Claire, and then for Tricia and himself. The conversation turns to safer things — London, the cold weather, the cost of heating a flat. When they’ve finished eating, Brian and Tricia do the washing up, and they splash soapsuds on each other and sing songs the way they used to, childish songs about the people back in their hometown of Cheltenham.

He yawns, stretching his arms by clasping his hands in a bridge behind his waist. “It’s his band,” he says. “You know that. He needs that money to keep himself in shampoo, I suppose. ” He is standing right behind her now. She can feel him pausing there, watching her with a kind of scorn. She closes her eyes and feels a warm swelling inside her, not anger or guilt but some fusion of these that brings with it a tinge of her earlier anticipation, her excitement over seeing Brian. She imagines him making one of his funny faces, jabbing two fingers up his nostrils and sticking out his tongue.

It defies him to internalize even a portion of its alien power, to play it just once with his body and not his mind. A hundred and fifty people in Ealing. Almost two hundred in Richmond. ” A kind of culture has started to evolve. Everyone under thirty has decided that they’re an exception — a musician, a runaway, an artist, a star. There are no more wars to fight, no more ration coupons, nothing to do but study graphic design or live in Paris for a month busking in the Métro. They have no experience of fear, or violence, or patriotism, or duty.

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