If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

Stories

By Robin Black
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812980684, 311pp.)

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

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FINALIST FOR THE FRANK O’CONNOR SHORT STORY AWARD

NOW WITH AN ADDITIONAL STORY

Heralding the arrival of a stunning new voice in American fiction, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This takes readers into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all: A father struggles to forge an independent identity as his blind daughter prepares for college. A mother comes to terms with her adult daughter’s infidelity. An artist mourns the end of a romance while painting the portrait of a dying man. Brilliant, hopeful, and fearlessly honest, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This illuminates the truths of human relationships, truths we come to recognize in these characters and in ourselves. 

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  1. The title of this book is If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.  What are some instances in the stories of people deciding which secrets to tell and which to keep?  What goes into these decisions?  For example, in “Immortalizing John Parker,” why does Clara finally tell Harold about her affair?  In “Tableau Vivant,” why does Jean hide her stroke from her family?  What are impacts of these choices?

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