“Kushner’s novel offers what most readers crave—characters about whom we care very, very deeply, emotions conveyed without irony or shame, beautifully lyric prose, a strong sense of place… and wisdom, that very rare thing in a novel – or real life – wisdom.”

Eileen Pollack, Zell Professor and Director of the MFA Program at the University of Michigan, author of Paradise, New York and Breaking and Entering

on The Conditions of Love


The Conditions of Love traces the journey of a girl from childhood to adulthood as she reckons with her need to break from society’s limitations and learns to reconcile with her fate and transcend the past.

Can this wise, funny, quirky, poignant novel really be Dale Kushner’s debut? She got everything just right—characters who you will never forget and a palpable yearning for love that you will feel in your gut. Bravo!

-Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer

“An immaculately written, enthralling and passionate debut.

-Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and Eva Moves The Furniture

The paperback edition of The Conditions of Love was published on May 6. You can order it now at Amazon Barnes & Noble or Indiebound.