Family stories are not arrows shot straight. They arc backwards, from grandparents to parents, and then on to children, who stand at the centre of a bullseye: at least to them. When one of those children grows up to be a writer, then the laws of physics bend a little. It is no longer an arrow which is the point, but the wind itself.
In his magnificent second novel, Love and Shame and Love, Peter Orner proves he is one of the finest American poets of family weather. This is as it should be.
Orner comes from Chicago, where… Read the full review on the Toronto Star Website