You Are the Love of My Life

You Are the Love of My Life

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by Susan Richards Shreve
     
 

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“Spare, elegant and absolutely riveting. . . . Cancel those dinner plans—you’ll want to keep reading.”—Joanna Powell, People
It is 1973 and Watergate is on everyone’s lips. Lucy Painter is a children's book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly

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“Spare, elegant and absolutely riveting. . . . Cancel those dinner plans—you’ll want to keep reading.”—Joanna Powell, People
It is 1973 and Watergate is on everyone’s lips. Lucy Painter is a children's book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly knit Washington neighborhood in the house where she grew up and where she discovered her father’s suicide. Lucy hopes for a fresh start, but her life is full of secrets: her children know nothing of her father’s death or the identity of their own father. As the new neighbors enter their insular lives, her family’s safety and stability become threatened.
From a writer whose “unique presentation of human experience makes reading a delight” (Elizabeth Strout), You Are the Love of My Life is a story of how shame leads to secrets, secrets to lies, and how lies stand in the way of human connection.

Editorial Reviews

Slate
“If you haven't discovered Shreve before, and you like the novels of writers like Sue Miller and Anne Tyler, you should try her now.... It's plot driven in the best way: You want to know what happens to these characters because they've gotten inside your skin.... This one is perfect book club fodder. Much Big Fiction is being published this fall, but You Are the Love of My Life may speak to you more.”
Donna Rifkind - Washington Post
“Graceful moments of connection nestled within tales of discord and deception . . . subtly convincing.

Edith Pearlman
“You Are the Love of My Life takes place in a cozy little neighborhood in Washington, where every family tries to conceal not-so-cozy secrets under tattered falsehoods. It's a memorable study of how lies can enslave people and truth set them free.”
Dani Shapiro
“The corrosive power of family secrets is at the heart of this gripping tale—a beautifully written page-turner that kept me in its thrall until the very end.”
Ann Hood
“I couldn't put this book down! From its opening pages, which hint at the mysteries and complexities of the human heart, right until the final pages when Susan Richards Shreve reveals her characters' secrets and disappointments and hopes, I found You Are the Love of My Life completely irresistible.”
Ron Rash
“The high price of a truth concealed is at the center of this remarkable, ultimately hopeful novel. Susan Shreve reveals her characters and their lives with empathy, wisdom, and, best of all, not a whiff of condescension .”
Hilma Wolitzer
“Susan Shreve is a terrific storyteller who always brings her characters to vivid, sympathetic life. You Are the Love of my Life is my favorite of her books.”
From the Publisher

"...engaging tale and prose as fluid as Sue Miller's or Anna Quindlen's..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Spare, elegant, and absolutely riveting, Shreve's fascinating look at our human longing for love and security unfolds like a thriller. So cancel those dinner plans - you'll want to keep reading." - People Magazine
"There's a lot of light and shade in this beautifully paced novel - and some moving observations. ...a gem of a book. You will fall in love with these characters as they struggle to balance privacy with disclosure." - The Washington Independent Review of Books
"The high price of a truth concealed is at the center of this remarkable, ultimately hopeful novel. Susan Shreve reveals her characters and their lives with empathy, wisdom, and, best of all, not a whiff of condescension." - Ron Rash, author of The Cove
"You Are the Love of My Life takes place in a cozy little neighborhood in Washington, where every family tries to conceal not-so-cozy secrets under tattered falsehoods. It's a memorable study of how lies can enslave people and truth set them free." - Edith Pearlman
"The corrosive power of family secrets is at the heart of this gripping tale - a beautifully written page-turner that kept me in its thrall until the very end." - Dani Shapiro
"I couldn't put this book down! From its opening pages, which hint at the mysteries and complexities of the human heart, right until the final pages when Susan Richards Shreve reveals her characters' secrets and disappointments and hopes, I found You Are the Love of My Life completely irresistible." - Ann Hood
"Susan Shreve is a terrific storyteller who always brings her characters to vivid, sympathetic life. You Are the Love of my Life is my favorite of her books." - Hilma Wolitzer
Washington Post
Graceful moments of connection nestled within tales of discord and deception . . . subtly convincing.
— Donna Rifkind
Booklist
“Starred review. Handles complex themes of identity, loyalty, privacy, and commitment with finesse, delicacy, and insight . . . a worthy book club recommendation.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611735895
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
12/28/2012
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
429
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Ann Hood
I couldn't put this book down! From its opening pages, which hint at the mysteries and complexities of the human heart, right until the final pages when Susan Richards Shreve reveals her characters' secrets and disappointments and hopes, I found You Are the Love of My Life completely irresistible.
Hilma Wolitzer
Susan Shreve is a terrific storyteller who always brings her characters to vivid, sympathetic life. You Are the Love of my Life is my favorite of her books.
Dani Shapiro
The corrosive power of family secrets is at the heart of this gripping tale—a beautifully written page-turner that kept me in its thrall until the very end.
Edith Pearlman
You Are the Love of My Life takes place in a cozy little neighborhood in Washington, where every family tries to conceal not-so-cozy secrets under tattered falsehoods. It's a memorable study of how lies can enslave people and truth set them free.
Ron Rash
The high price of a truth concealed is at the center of this remarkable, ultimately hopeful novel. Susan Shreve reveals her characters and their lives with empathy, wisdom, and, best of all, not a whiff of condescension .

Meet the Author


Susan Richards Shreve is the author of fourteen novels, a memoir, and twenty-nine books for children. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment grant and is cochairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, DC.

READER BIO
Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks for over ten years. Named on of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2010, she is an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year 2009 winner with The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, she has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards, most recently for Too Good to Be True by Erin Arvedlund and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz.

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You Are the Love of My Life: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was odd; I did not understand the actions of the main character. There were characters I liked, characters I just could not stand and others that I felt sorry for so I finished the book. I dont regret reading it but would not say it is a MUST read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.....I didn't get how the loss of a parent in the way she lost her father, having children with a married man and calling him uncle, allowing your daughter to stay with a neighbor who gives you bad vibes is all that logical in an effort to create a page turner in 2012. Just sayin'. I gave it 2 stars because I actually felt the need to finish it thinking, surely there would be something earth shattering at the end and that didn't happen. So many loose ends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come on people...this forum is to give opinons about BOOKS...is this worth reading?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was almost done.