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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307339556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307339553
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,021,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this novelistic arrangement of interrelated tales, Litzenburger explores similar emotional and geographical terrain as her recent debut, The Widower, beginning again after a traumatic loss in an isolated small town in Northern Michigan. "Pictures from My Father's Trip" introduces nine-year-old Annie Child, whose narration drives the book. In Annie's covert hoarding of her father's shoe in a neighbor's mailbox, Litzenburger articulates the loss that dominates the narrative-the sudden departure of a parent-and adds narrative clues as the book progresses, including divorce papers in "The Day Before Easter." Annie's mother, Paige, embarks on a relationship with the flamboyant but nice Shepherd Nash, an electrician and artist who "tries too hard" to fashion them all (including Annie's brother Gus) into a family. In "This Beautiful Day," Paige's wild grief catches up to her, while "Light" and "Here We Are" relate the struggles of the family to find joy in starting over. Annie's father is an elusive figure, and Litzenburger doesn't find a good way of talking about some of Paige's more adult quandaries. Litzenburger's child's-eye view of a family on the brink is complex but finally confounding.
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Review

“It’s pure joy to read each of these sentences. . . . [Litzenburger] takes tremendous care with words and ideas, layering them effortlessly to create these beautiful, wounded souls.” —Grand Rapids Press

“There is also beauty here, in the determination of these broken, isolated people to survive and, ultimately, to connect.” —Chicago Tribune

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
By the end of this unforgettable book, I adored this wacky family: the little girl, her brother, her offbeat mother, and her hapless suitor. The author has created a warm and hilarious portrait of, among other things, the rural single mom dating scene in northern Michigan. What I loved most was the little girl narrator's voice: it's so true, so insightful, and so winning. Litzenburger has perfect pitch for her voice. Anybody who has lived through a parent's odd behavior will identify totally. But this is also a very romantic book in which, in the end, love wins through. The whole package would make a great indie movie--it has got that kind of a feel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
While I have not read the entire novel (it is not due out until March) I have read three excerpts which have appeared in various literary magazines. The writing is crisp, lyrical, poignant and, above all, funny. Ms. Litzenberger has a unique world view which manages to be telling, wry and compassionate all at once. She has, almost single handedly, revived my faith in contemporary American writing. I will be first in line to buy the book when it comes out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elvis Snowflake on December 20, 2001
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If you have brothers or sisters, you know the feeling Litzenburger portrays so well in Now You Love Me--the sense of argument and bond all jumbled in that crazy tension known as growing up. Combine that with a single mother struggling to ground her identity and sense of family according to her own terms, and you get a mixture that makes good fiction. Annie, the narrator, is nine years old and consistently conveys the kind of innocence and honesty one can appreciate.
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