If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
StoriesBook - 2010
Heralding the arrival of a stunning new voice in American fiction, Robin Black’s If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This takes readers into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all.
Written with maturity and insight, and in beautiful, clear-eyed prose, these stories plumb the depths of love, loss, and hope. A father struggles to forge an independent identity as his blind daughter prepares for college. A mother comes to terms with her adult daughter’s infidelity, even as she keeps a disturbing secret of her own. An artist mourns the end of a romance while painting a dying man’s portrait. An accident on a trip to Italy and an unexpected connection with a stranger cause a woman to question her lifelong assumptions about herself.
Brilliant, hopeful, and fearlessly honest, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This illuminates the truths of human relationships, truths we come to recognize in these characters and in ourselves.
Baker & Taylor
Ten short stories explore human relationships, moments of change, and unspoken truths.
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"He knows it can't go right away, but sends it even so, hoping that if the mist does roll in it will find the message waiting there and carry it to her. It's an act of faith of a kind. As Jeremy walks back toward the house, he remembers for the firest time in years and years that when Zoe was missing, even though he didn't believe in God, he would pray." (Robin Black's Jeremy, in A Country Where You Once LIved)
"Clara Feinberg doesn't believe in God; she never has. She believes in time. Omnipotent, surely. Friend and foe both, as deitites of all religions seem to be. Determining everything about one's life, from the sudden absence of a man...to the expiration date on a jar of mayonnaise." (Robin Black's Immortalizing John Parker)
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