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Like Love

Michele Morano

232 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

EXPECTED Pub Date: September, 2020

Subjects: Creative Nonfiction

Series: Machete

Imprint: Mad Creek

Preorder Paperback $21.95   ISBN: 978-0-8142-5598-8

“In this breathtaking memoir-in-essays, Michele Morano illuminates romantic love in its many complex manifestations: romantic friendship, maternal love, the intense desire for contact that isn’t exactly sexual but almost is. Her portrayals of the people who have inspired these feelings are always astute and generous. This daring book expands our notion of what love is.” —Kyoko Mori

“If you have ever loved and lost, and if you can smile, wince, cry, laugh—all at the same time—you're ready for Michele Morano’s brilliant new book about the perplexing forms and evolving definitions of love. And you’re in luck: Michele Morano is a superb writer. Like Love is an essential book for us all.” —Abby Thomas

“Michele Morano’s essays are funny, insightful, and just gorgeous, but I’m most impressed by her exquisite generosity. She keeps looking, daring herself to ask increasingly gutsier questions. I can’t remember when I last read a book as openhearted as Like Love.” —Ryan Van Meter, author of If You Knew Then What I Know Now

Like Love is an intimate memoir of the sometimes shifting, sometimes blending borders of infatuation, disenchantment, friendship, and love. Throughout her personal journeys, the always wise and empathetic Morano teaches us how to see—ourselves as well as others.” —Philip Graham

Crushes. Infatuations. Attractions. Unexpected, inexplicable allure. Entanglements steeped in taboo and disruption. In Like Love, nothing is off limits.

In these remarkable essays, Michele Morano explores the pleasures, possibilities, strangeness, and lessons of unconsummated romance. With insight and imagination, Like Love interweaves poignant, humorous episodes from adulthood with the backstory of a young family’s turbulent breakup. When Morano was an adolescent in blue-collar Poughkeepsie, New York, her mother left her father for a woman in an era when LGBTQ parents were widely viewed as “unfit.” Through the turmoil, adolescent Morano paid attention, tucking away the stories that were shaping her and guiding her understanding of love.

Turning romantic clichés inside out and challenging us to rethink our notions about what it means to love, Like Love tells hard and necessary truths about the importance of desire in growing, teaching, traveling, mourning, parenting, and figuring out who you are—and who you can be—in the world. With precision and depth, Morano doesn’t shy away from the taboo as she explores what it means to find ourselves in relationships that are not quite—but almost—like love.

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Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Essays, Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, and Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women. She lives in Chicago, where she chairs the English Department at DePaul University.

Contents

Note on the Text

The Law of Definite Proportions

Breaking and Entering

Crushed

About Wayne

Ars Romantica (Or a Dozen Ways of Looking at Love)

Boy Crazy

Like Love

Evenings at the Collegeview Diner

How to Tell a True Love Story

Restless

All the Power This Charm Doth Owe

Backstitch

My Sky, My Life

The Married Kiss

Acknowledgments

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