All I Love and Know: A Novel by Judith Frank

By Judith Frank

Informed with the storytelling energy and emotional constancy of Wally Lamb, it is a searing drama of a latest American kinfolk on the point of dissolution, one who explores adoption, homosexual marriage, and love misplaced and found.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have loved a quiet household existence jointly in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in lots of methods, they've got grown jointly and made their courting paintings. but if they research that Daniel’s dual brother and sister-in-law were killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are unexpectedly, totally transformed.

In facing their households and the necessity to come to a decision approximately who will increase the deceased couple’s teenagers, either Matthew and Daniel are faced with demanding situations that strike on the very center in their courting. what's Matthew’s position in a longer family members that doesn't thoroughly settle for him or the dedication he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel’s questions about his identification as a Jewish guy have an effect on his existence as a homosexual American? Tensions in simple terms accentuate after they examine that the deceased mom and dad sought after Matthew and Daniel to undertake the children—six-year-old Gal, and child Noam.

The effect this fast new relatives has on Matthew, Daniel, and their dating is sophisticated and heartbreaking, but now not with out glimmers of desire. they have to discover ways to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, occasionally painful methods. what sort of mom and dad can those males particularly be? How does a relatives develop into robust sufficient to stick jointly and suffer? And are there limits to honesty or commitment—or love? 

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For Smith, reading together is an excellent way of finding pleasure in mutual sympathy (8). A public education that leads one to sympathize with others outside one’s immediate domestic sphere might nurture any number of bold new ideas. It does so, however, only at the risk of losing “dutiful children” for “want of habitual sympathy” (223–24). Similarly, we might presume that, for Smith, a cosmopolitan education that brings one into habitual sympathy with those beyond one’s national borders occurs only at the risk of losing dutiful neighbors or dutiful citizens.

It differs from these arguments by tending to argue for the cosmopolitan character of particular kinds of literature, be they modernist, postmodern, or postcolonial. Sympathy and Cosmopolitanism 35 For example, Jessica Berman, in Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism, and the Politics of Community (2001), argues that “modernist fiction challenges our ability to restrict social identity” and so “becomes an instructive narrative model of how we can begin to imagine community anew” (27). Rebecca L. Walkowitz, in Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism beyond the Nation (2006), similarly maintains that “the modernist strategies of cosmopolitan writing have served to test and expand the critical methods of international thinking” (27).

B. Yeats, and J. M. Coetzee, in Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature (2011), in which he argues that the “best products of postcolonial writing” embark on a project of “exploring and even instilling the cosmopolitan forms of relationship that would be required to create and legitimise a global society that has left imperialism behind” (3–4). Like Kant, these scholars find in the sympathetic imagination the power to “recast” the world (Schoene 186). The seeds of a practicable cosmopolitanism are planted in the reading of an exclusively defined cosmopolitan literature.

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