Avoidance A Novel


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Graywolf Press


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1555973671

9781555973674

272 Pages

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As this widely praised novel begins, Harvard graduate student Jeremy struggles to write his dissertation on the Amish and their laws of expulsion. How does someone, excluded entirely from the only community they've ever known, live the rest of their life? After extensive interviews with Beulah—a young Amish woman thus banished—Jeremy is no closer to understanding her peculiar exile than he is to comprehending his own.

Camp Ironwood, set in the Vermont woods, is more than a summer distraction for restless adolescent boys: it is a place to belong. And not unlike the Amish community, it is a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For Jeremy, first as a camper and later as the co-director, the usual camp activities become their own kind of ritual that binds the community. But when he is blindsided by the seductive charm of Max, a fourteen-year-old boy from Manhattan, all arms and legs and attitude, Jeremy must confront his desires, and worse yet, uncover the dark secrets of his beloved Camp Ironwood.

In this powerful and daring novel, Lowenthal elegantly draws unexpected parallels between the Amish and Camp Ironwood. By doing so, he ingeniously explores an age-old dilemma: individual desires versus the good of a community.

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Michael Lowenthal is the author of a previous novel, The Same Embrace, and is editor of many nonfiction collections. He currently teaches writing at Boston College.

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  • Michael Lowenthal is the author of a previous novel, The Same Embrace, and is editor of many nonfiction collections. He currently teaches writing at Boston College.
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