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In 1953, ten year old Eunice lives in the backwaters of Wisconsin with her outrageously narcissistic mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father as an infant, Eunice worries she will become a misfit like her mother. When her mother’s lover, the devoted Sam, moves in, Eunice imagines her life will finally become normal. But her hope dissolves when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother.

A freak storm sends Eunice away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice’s odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit’s shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to redefine herself, reject bitterness, and keep her heart open, she survives and flourishes. In this, she is both ordinary and heroic.

At once fable and realistic story, The Conditions of Love is a book about emotional and physical survival. Through sheer force of will, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life.

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  • “A fine exploration of growing up, weathering heartbreak and picking oneself up over and over.”

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  • “A coming-of-age story that wonderfully combines literary style with heartbreaking plot twists and still manages to be uplifting, even before the epilogue that ties everything together.”


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About the Author

Dale M. Kushner graduated the Vermont College MFA Program in Creative Writing, and founded The Writer’s Place, a literary center in Madison, Wisconsin. Ms. Kushner is a recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in the Literary Arts, a fellowship at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Her work has been widely published in literary journals including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Witness, Fifth Wednesday, and elsewhere. Her most recent poetry collection More Alive than Lions Roaring was a finalist for The May Swenson Poetry Award at Utah State Press, The Prairie Schooner Book Competition, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize at University of Utah Press, and The Tupelo Prize. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her family and dog, Carmelita.

About the Narrator

Tara Ochs attended Florida State where she developed a tan and a taste for comedy improv. Tara has done improv shows in Orlando, Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Colorado, New York, LA, and London. Tara’s credits include work in the Georgia Shakespeare Festival playing with the company of Dad’s Garage. She has also performed in numerous stage productions. Tara had a cat, Bane. She puts him on the answering machine all the time, annoying her friends.