Kushner deftly captures Eunice in all her awkward years as well as her adult relationship with Fox. The setting—small-town Midwest—means that Eunice remains almost untouched by social and political events of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Instead, the period comes out in the small details…This is a beautifully written book, demanding time and attention.

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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

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