The Geography of Love

A Memoir

By Glenda Burgess
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767928700, 320pp.)

Publication Date: August 4, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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“This memoir of love, illness, and commitment is the most incredible love story I've ever read.”
-- Amanda Stephens, Dog Ear Books, Madison, GA


Description

When Glenda Burgess and Kenneth Grunzweig met in 1988, Kenneth had already lost two wives—the first in a fatal car crash, and then years later his second wife in a brutal murder for which Kenneth remained for many years the prime suspect.

What possesses a woman to fall in love with a man fourteen years her senior, with a troubled teenage daughter and a past shadowed with so much suspicion and misfortune? And why would a man who has loved and lost in such tragic ways take a chance on opening his heart to another woman, despite the odds?

Beautifully written and heart-wrenchingly honest,The Geography of Love is a poignant and unforgettable chronicle of a relationship that defies convention and survives the unthinkable.




About the Author

Glenda Burgess is a winner of the Rupert Hughes Award for literary fiction and a New Century Writer Award short story finalist. The Geography of Love was celebrated as one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and a 2008 Books for a Better Life Award finalist.




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  1. In her memoir's prologue, Glenda Burgess recalls the child-friendly explanation her father gave for shooting stars: "Just a bit of chance and chaos, Sunshine. Atoms that dance." How do these images apply to love? Did this description of the universe prove true in her life?




Praise For The Geography of Love

"Burgess’s tender recollections remind us all that we tend to be defined by our great loves well after we’ve lived them." —Elle

"Wrenchingly painful, but intensely affecting." —Kirkus Reviews

"The Geography of Love means than many others can indeed share in [Burgess’s] memories, be inspired by them, reflect on what this one shining marriage teaches about love and happiness, trust and instinct, faith and loss." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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