Dale Loves Sophie to Death

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HarperPerennial, 1981 - Fiction - 217 pages
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Dale Loves Sophie to Death tells the story of Dinah Howells, who returns to her hometown of Enfield, Ohio, with her three young children, while her husband, Martin, stays behind in Massachusetts to teach a summer session. Dinah is aware that it's partly the past that pulls her back to Enfield - her own and that of the people who shaped her life. It is a novel about the inescapability of being someone's child, and inevitably, suffering the consequences. It celebrates the many kinds of love in which the daily lives of the characters are immersed - Back of paperback.

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User Review  - AnesaMiller - LibraryThing

There's something lovely about this portrait of gracious living in a small Ohio town. The intimate, episodes, elegantly detailed and loosely interwoven, recalls Virginia Woolf. Nothing much happens, although love manages to be affirmed in spite of family dysfunction. Read full review

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User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

I thought this was going to be hard review to write while I was reading the book, but after some days have past since I finished it, I have discovered that my memory of the book and the points that I ... Read full review


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About the author (1981)

The novels of Robb Forman Dew deal primarily with the nature of relationships in contemporary family life. Dale Loves Sophie to Death (1981), a winner of the American Book Award in 1982, inspired a sequel, Fortunate Lives (1992). Her third novel, The Time of Her Life, was published in 1984. Dew has also published a non-fiction work about her own family, Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out; and a cookbook, A Southern Thanksgiving: Recipes and Musings for a Manageable Feast (1992). Dew, born in 1946, was raised in the South and credits time spent living with her grandfather, John Crowe Ransom, poet and critic, as an influence on her writing style. She is married to historian Charles Dew, and has two sons.

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