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Life and Other Love Songs

por Anissa Gray

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"A father's sudden disappearance exposes the private fears, dreams, longings, and joys of a Black American family in the late decades of the twentieth century, in this page-turning and intimate new novel from the author of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. It's a warm, bright October afternoon, and Ozro Armstead walks out into the brilliant sunshine on his thirty-seventh birthday. At home, his wife Deborah and daughter Trinity prepare a surprise celebration; down the street, his brother waves as Oz heads back to his office after having lunch together. But he won't make it to the party or even to his briefcase back at his desk. He's about to disappear. In the days, months, and years to follow, Deborah and Trinity look backward and forward as they piece together the life of the man they love, but whom they come to realize they might never have truly known. In a gripping narrative that moves from the Great Migration to 1970s Detroit and 1990s New York, we follow the hopes, triumphs, losses, and secrets that build up and tear apart an American family"--… (mais)
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A thought provoking book about live and family. The choices that no one should have to make. The people in this book tried some successfully to change. Others not so successful. Detroit and music scene in the 1960 ( )
  shazjhb | Jun 24, 2023 |
This novel runs the gamut of emotions in a tale of familial relationships. ( )
  bookwyrmm | May 23, 2023 |
*I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.*

I thought about life, the varied lengths of it and the many ways we can spend it.

This book is really about life and all the strange and messy ways it can be. We get to follow one ordinary black American family from early 1960s to early 1990s. Though the main premise of the book, Oz disappearing into thin air, was rather extraordinary, the family's story stood out to me as rather ordinary. The characters were alive and relatable. It's a lot about living with guilt and our inability to escape our past and our selves. It's also about all the weird impulses that drive our actions sometimes and affect not only our lives, but also the lives of other people around us. But it's also about resilience and love and being able to keep on keeping on and doing the second best thing and taking it from there. Overall it left me with a very positive feeling - Life is a gift and it's worth living through and through.

I liked the writing, the authentic language and the look from the black American perspective as I have mostly read white American authors. I appreciate the research put into it and I believe it's a great historical fiction on that particular time and space, featuring such issues as the Great Migration, 1967 riots in Detroit, Vietnam war, AIDS epidemics, and LGBT rights.

The jumping back and forth in time and between POVs was a bit disturbing. There were a few times I confused Deborah's and Trinity's stories - I was reading Deborah's POV and thinking it was Trinity's until something did not match. I'd liked to read more about Trinity's life. I had a feeling we just had a little glimpse into her story. ( )
  dacejav | Feb 20, 2023 |
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"A father's sudden disappearance exposes the private fears, dreams, longings, and joys of a Black American family in the late decades of the twentieth century, in this page-turning and intimate new novel from the author of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. It's a warm, bright October afternoon, and Ozro Armstead walks out into the brilliant sunshine on his thirty-seventh birthday. At home, his wife Deborah and daughter Trinity prepare a surprise celebration; down the street, his brother waves as Oz heads back to his office after having lunch together. But he won't make it to the party or even to his briefcase back at his desk. He's about to disappear. In the days, months, and years to follow, Deborah and Trinity look backward and forward as they piece together the life of the man they love, but whom they come to realize they might never have truly known. In a gripping narrative that moves from the Great Migration to 1970s Detroit and 1990s New York, we follow the hopes, triumphs, losses, and secrets that build up and tear apart an American family"--

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