Geography Of The Heart

Geography Of The Heart

by Fenton Johnson


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From the author of the award-winning novels Crossing The River and Scissors, Paper, Rock comes a powerful book about the transformative power of love. Fenton Johnson recounts the history of "how I feel in love how I came to be with someone else, how he came to death and how I helped." Johnson interweaves two stories: his own upbringing as the youngest of a Kentucky whiskey maker's nine children, and that of his lover LarD Rose, the only child of German Jews. survivors of the Holocaust.

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ISBN-13: 9780671009830
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 06/01/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 769,036
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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"A beautiful weave of fear and awakening, love and grifef -- brilliant, funny, sad, riveting."

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Geography Of The Heart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ShadowFarrell More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's been frustrated searching for a soul mate will be touched by this story. Fenton Johnson's memoir is the true story of a man who's soul mate found him and taught him how to both receive love and give it in return. A modern romance, Geography of the Heart is touching, entertaining and cathartic. If you've given up on love, this book will re-open your heart. Johnson gives moving testimony to the old adage that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Camedit More than 1 year ago
The story is unique and yet it is universal. A high school English teacher and a writer meet and fall in love. One dies. But there is so much more to this story. Yes, it is a love story but it is a story about growing up and dealing with your foibles. In addition, Fenton Johnson has both a way with words and a way with a story. He is an amazing, capable human being as was his lover. This may be a gay love story but it is so much more. In fact, the themes and the story are universal. There is a reason that this book is so well reviewed by everyone who reads it. Read it yourself and then pass it on to someone you love.
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the beginning I detested the writer and the person he was. But reading this book, and seeing the author struggle through his own foibles as he accepted love and worked to care for his dying partner, made me reconsider how quick I am to judge others. We all have roads to walk, and if I could have helped Johnson carry his load during the darkest days, I would have happily assisted. For at the end of the book I admired his strength, his honesty, and his taste in partners. And who he had allowed himself to become. That's the crucial bit. A really important book, I think. For gay people but really for anyone.
DanDanRevolution on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beneficial and spirited, though woven with poor sophomoric emotions (pride, selfishness), Fenton's tale of his love and loss - and, through which, his personal maturation - proves intriguing, contemplative, and kind-hearted.
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