Joanna has been brought up to believe that if she does the right thing, happiness will be hers. Now, she is coming to understand that life is determined as much by chance as by careful control. If only she can be assured of loving and of being loved. But the love she finds is more than the romance she dreamed about as a girl. It is the guilty but savored passion of an affair with a married man, the poignant caring for an aging father, the visceral bonding between mother and child. Held in an intricate web of emotion, she must understand and encompass it as a woman, a lover, a wife and a mother. Diane Schoemperlen has written an astonishing and inventive first novel of a young woman's progress of love, from childhood to adulthood. Employing the 100 stimulus words from the Standard Word Association Test as her narrative framework, Schoemperlen interweaves, in a series of short but brilliant chapters, the defining moments of Joanna's life.
Original title: In the Language of Love: A Novel in 100 Chapters
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction