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
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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