It’s a tribute to Dale Kushner’s talent that in her debut novel, The Conditions of Love, she can pack so much emotional reality in so few words: maternal narcissism in a sentence, family dysfunction in a paragraph.
Review in THE RUMPUS by KEVIN O’KELLY
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 An Italian Wife, 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