If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This


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Random House, Inc.
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.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068579
Branch Call Number: FIC BLA
Characteristics: 274 p. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 12, 2018

Ten consistently good stories, many involving loss.

Nov 09, 2015

It really is a beautiful book. Black has such a grasp on inner life and such a finesse to her writing. Perfect words! Every word has a crisp finality but softness; but truth; but warmth. One of the greatest collections of sentimental reads I've read in a very long time!

Jun 25, 2015

A beautiful book. The author is so in tune with the emotions that take us by surprise during transitions. The ones we hide, deny, surrender to, and are afraid of. A unique cast of characters. Definitely worth a reread.

lilylibrarian May 23, 2011

Beautifully crafted stores, strong voice, and all bear contemplation and rereading.

Jul 05, 2010

I keep reading collections of short stories in hope that I will enjoy them as much as regular-sized stories and I never do. I don't know why this is and wonder if its that I don't find myself as engaged with the characters or the story as much. The stories in this collection were good and quite well written; but nothing really jumped out at me. I can't say if I would recommend this to a friend, but I also wouldn't dissuade someone from reading it.


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Nov 09, 2015

"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)

Nov 02, 2015

"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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