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"Jennifer Baron, a failed speed skater, tries to stay sober after her Olympic downfall. She's running her father's business, a billion-dollar foundation, when he mysteriously disappears. Soon she's invited to a conference that turns out to be a covert meeting with her father and a corporate spy."
--Publishers Weekly; included in Fall 2017 Adult Announcements, Literary Fiction
"The Book of Love and Hate is a most fantastic book--cinematic, a thriller that takes on both the big, global issues of our time as well as the intimate, personal demons that undo us. A book about obsession, it obsessed me. How incredible to come upon such a brainy, expertly written bona fide page-turner. Bravo!"
--Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave
"A richly suspenseful story of addiction, love/lust, and family ties--and how all of those things can hold us captive. A spectacular return from one of my favorite writers."
--Alison Gaylin, best-selling author of What Remains of Me
"The Book of Love and Hate is a fever dream of a novel, achingly sexy and at times startlingly funny. Lauren Sanders has written a stunning genre-defying tale of sex, longing, ghosts, and spies. Every page teems with her gleaming sentences and deliciously dark wit. The ending still haunts me."
--J.T. Rogers, author of Oslo
Jennifer Baron is a failed Olympic speed skater now running her family's foundation and trying to stay sober, when her billionaire father disappears. She travels to Israel in search of him, becoming recklessly entangled in his illegal dealings and with his enigmatic lover, Gila, a former Mossad agent gone bad. Along the way, she is drawn into the shadow worlds of the Promised Land, where career-jockeying government agents, fake Orthodox Jews, queer Palestinians on the run, and other displaced wanderers scramble to find home amid the endless cycles of war, occupation, and heartbreak.
The Book of Love and Hate is an unraveling of white-collar crime and its motivations. It's a testament to the magnificent oblivion of love and a shattering of inherited trauma, both personal and historical.
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December 12, 2017
This book is a bit of a mess. The plot is fragmented, the premise is confusing, and the most cohesive parts are the sex scenes. I should have bailed but forced my way through.
Thanks to the publisher for allowing me access through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
November 14, 2017
This was... a true challenge to get through. I really wanted to toss it aside after 20 pages but no, I can't give a fair review without finishing. So I finished. I will admit I had to skim half of it in order to make it happen but I paced myself enough to keep track of what was going on plot-wise...
September 15, 2017
THE BOOK OF LOVE AND HATE by Lauren Sanders was sent to me by the publisher, Akashic Books, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
The book cover tells me that “Jennifer Baron is a failed Olympic Speed Skater now running her family’s foundation and trying to stay sober, when her billionair...