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All I Love and Know: A Novel
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Told with the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.

In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple's two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship. What is Matthew's place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel's questions about his identity as a Jewish man affect his life as a gay American? Tensions only intensify when they learn that the deceased parents wanted Matthew and Daniel to adopt the children—six-year-old Gal, and baby Noam.

The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. What kind of parents can these two men really be? How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure? And are there limits to honesty or commitment—or love?

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Told with the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.

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The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. What kind of parents can these two men really be? How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure? And are there limits to honesty or commitment—or love?

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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Deeply moving . . . Frank shows profound empathy for her characters, making this book heartbreaking, yet jubilantly hopeful."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "A thoughtful look at how grief isolates survivors and how families may, or may not, come together in crisis."
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      • source: Dorothy Allison, award-winning author of Bastard out of Carolina
      • content: "I Loved it! Read it non-stop. These people catch you by the heart so powerfully you can hardly believe it is a novel. I've already had to loan it to a friend."
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      • source: Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author
      • content: "A tender novel that deals with the emotional riptides left by an act of terrorism long after the headlines have faded. It is a brave, moving, and deeply compelling book, written with grace, about the ways even love and family devotion are challenged when the worst occurs."
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      • source: Huffington Post
      • content: "[A] timeless story... beautiful, expansive, and deeply humanistic... Frank is a perfect storyteller, creating vivid landscapes and characters and events.... We have little choice in how we, or those whom we love, die. But when it comes to life, we can choose. Judith Frank shows us how."
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      • content: "[This is] strong storytelling driven by emotionally complex characters: first-rate commercial fiction."
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      • source: Alison Bechdel, New York Times bestselling author of Fun Home
      • content: "This tender, intricate domestic drama both engages and informs what is arguably one of the critical issues of our time. It feels quite revolutionary, not just in the political sense, but in terms of the kind of stories we value."
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      • content: "This is a big American story, a tapping into the zeitgeist that few other novelists have really traveled —- taking the life of gay American couples beyond the struggle for marriage equality and giving a look at the usual challenges of any relationship."
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        April 14, 2014
        In Frank’s deeply moving second novel (after Crybaby Butch), Matt Greene and Daniel Rosen, a couple in Northampton, Mass., cope with the deaths of Daniel’s twin brother and his wife—Israeli citizens who are killed in a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem. Their will gives Daniel custody of the couple’s children, Gal and Noam, and Matt, who is used to getting by on good looks and charm, isn’t sure he can handle instant fatherhood. But while Daniel and the rest of the family are paralyzed by grief, Matt jumps in feet first to take charge. The couple is thus dismayed to learn that the Israeli courts, which can override wills for the sake of child welfare (or, in this case, homophobia), may deny custody of the children to them because they are gay. Moreover, Daniel causes controversy after he is interviewed for a newspaper story on the adoption case and, in the course of the interview, expresses sympathy for the Palestinians. As Daniel becomes more immersed in the custody battle, Matt feels increasingly ignored, until he explodes, creating a rift between the men. Frank shows a profound empathy for her characters, making this book heartbreaking, yet jubilantly hopeful. Agent: Ellen Geiger, Frances Goldin Literary Agency.

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        May 15, 2014

        When Daniel Rosen's twin brother and sister-in-law are killed in a terrorist bombing in Israel, he and his partner, Matt, must fly to Jerusalem to make good on their promise to take in Joel and Ilana's children. Confronted not only with the horror of sudden and violent death, Daniel and Matt also have to navigate the issue of custody with both sets of grandparents and a bureaucratic state. But the real work begins once the children, six-year-old Gal and infant Noam, return with them to Massachusetts. Frank (Crybaby Butch) writes convincingly of the demands of small children on two people thrown into the deep end of parenting. Daniel and Matt's relationship suffers, but only Matt seems to notice it and tries to fight the dissolution. VERDICT Frank's ambitious twining of the gay parent story line and the complications of the situation in Israel for American Jews sometimes blends well but at other times feels forced. But overall, this is a thoughtful look at how grief isolates survivors and how families may, or may not, come together in crisis. For fans of domestic dramas, despite the political overtones.--Devon Thomas, Chelsea, MI

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from May 1, 2014
        This beautiful novel is old-fashioned in its approach, taking its sweet time to tell a tender love story between two flawed, good-hearted people, and yet it feels wholly fresh. Stylish graphic-designer Matthew Greene and cerebral magazine editor Daniel Rosen have made a quiet life for themselves in Northampton, Massachusetts. But that all changes when Daniel's twin brother and his wife are killed in a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem. They leave behind two children, irrepressible six-year-old Gal and baby Noam. Daniel has been named the children's guardian, much to the consternation of his parents and his brother's in-laws, who are Holocaust survivors and Israeli citizens. As Daniel, numb with grief, deals with the funeral arrangements and the Israeli courts, where his guardianship is being contested, Matthew struggles with the responsibilities of instant parenthood and the fact that his lover and best friend seems entirely changed. In her second novel (after Crybaby Butch, 2004), Frank not only explores the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict but also presents the difficulties gay partners face in navigating the court system. Above all, though, this is a compassionate, utterly compelling story of how family members, torn apart by tragedy, must reach deep within themselves to meet their greatest challenge.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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