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Remember Love Paperback – May 1, 2008

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These stories get a grip on you and don't let you go. You may be bruised, but you'll want to read more. Lisberger's imagination is dark and penetrating, fiercely balanced. Her characters often have been beaten down but refuse to give up the things that make them, finally, who they really are: They will not let the bastards grind them down, to paraphrase one of these stories. But these people are not merely survivors. Their quiet, grim, and private triumphs are what Lisberger understands and celebrates. --Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury

Like the best of Anne Tyler, Jody Lisberger's stories mine the complicated private truths of seemingly comfortable American families with compassion, insight, and, above all, fearless honesty. Husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and lovers: they are all there in these pages, rendered with precision and loving care. Graceful and seductive, spare in their telling yet unstintingly powerful in their impact, these stories will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. --Joan Leegant, author of An Hour in Paradise

Jody Lisberger gives us love stories for grown-ups--sharply written tales that reveal the emotional trapdoors, unexpected complexities, humor, cruelty, and resiliency of mature love. Remember Love is an artful, uncompromising, and moving exploration of human desire. --K. L. Cook, author of The Girl from Charnelle

About the Author

Jody Lisberger's prize-winning fiction has appeared in Confrontation, Fugue, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Louisville Review, and Thema. She is on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University, in Louisville, Kentucky. She also teaches in the Women's Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island, where she specializes in courses on feminist theory and postcolonial literature. Originally trained as an anthropologist, she received her PhD in English at Boston University, where she was a University Fellow. She also has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She has taught at Holy Cross, Tufts University, Harvard University, and Brown University. She now lives in Rhode Island.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fleur-de-Lis Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977386139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977386130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,654,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Ulz on April 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the title story of Remember Love, Becca says, "Be careful with that word . . . Don't use it for nothing . . . Don't throw it around." She's talking about "love". And these stories are about love, about the affairs and condition of the human heart. The characters inhabiting Remember Love take dance lessons, go fishing, jump off bridges; they are at times tender, merciless, sophisticated and naive. Jody Lisberger's writing is deeply, relentlessly honest, as her characters explore, with body, mind and soul, the nature of human relationships.

Readers young and old will be talking about these stories long after they close the covers, making this a great choice for book groups.
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At the complications of even trying to love. I read this book nearly a year ago, and the stories stick with me. They surprise with their naked examination of human vulnerability in ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary circumstances. The author let the characters care -- deeply -- about the rifts and tears in human relationships. Despite disappointments, they never lose their essential idealism in the face of disillussion. My only complaint is that some of the stories cried out to be expanded into full length works --I look forward to a novel from this author.
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I have just begun reading Lisberger's collection Remember Love, and I cannot reccommend it enough. It is beautifully, honestly written, and it is captivatingly daring. Lisberger's stories are inspiring, bold, and different, a true masterpiece from its rich writing, to incredibly believable character development, and the raw echoes of truth in each of the stories. I cannot wait to finish the stories and pass it on to everyone I know.
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I read Lisberger's Remember Love several months ago and the characters are still with me. This fine collection of stories grabbed ahold from the very first page and didn't let go. I'll be buying a few extra copies to give to friends who love honesty of characters set in complex situations, beautiful and intelligent writing, and stories where the endings leave you breathless.
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I had purchased this collection of short stories for a fiction writing class at college. Aside from the painstaking task of analyzing why her stories were exceptionally well written as fiction, the stories themselves were what made the class enjoyable for me. One of the greatest effects that Lisberger accomplishes is being able to bring the feelings and emotions of the character straight to your own heart. The description and plot developments in these stories take you away from who you are and make you live the lives of the characters. If you want to see great writing, or want to substitute reality for awhile with a great collection of fiction, Lisberger's "Remember Love" will provide.
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