When the novel opens, young Esheal Luria is abandoned by his mother in Russia. A mysterious woman, the zenshina--whom some call a countess and some others a witch--takes him in and raises him on the outskirts of the tiny village of Pobrosk. Later, Esheal goes to America, where he becomes a pharmacist, falls in love with the wrong woman, and finds himself caught in the fierce passions of domestic life. As he grows older and his daughters marry and move away, he thinks more and more of the past, "so that a meaning might emerge, a significance." He thinks of Pobrosk and the zenshina, whose enchanting image, dancing with her hair down before the hearth fire, is ever before him.
Through Esheal Luria we come to understand the iron forces which bind a family together, making each a separate world "breathing its own air, living in its own light, speaking the language of the same blood," and the forces which can rip that world apart. Love is about how a man's destiny forms. It is about the many deaths of love as well as its many resurrections, about te surprising and often magical ways in which love proves victorious over mortality and time.
Original title: Love: A Novel
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction