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Love Is a Canoe

by Ben Schrank

Love Is a Canoe
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    Jan 2013, 352 pages
    Jan 2014, 352 pages

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Love is a Canoe, Ben Schrank's deceptively simple and satirical novel, is actually quite complicated, providing insights on several different romantic relationships.

There have been times in protagonist Peter Herman's life that he wishes he had never written the book that made him famous. Marriage Is a Canoe, his self-help manual – masquerading as a memoir of the summer he spent with his grandparents when he was thirteen – certainly helped him earn the kind of comfortable life he continues to lead forty years after its original publication. But he's now more often embarrassed than flattered by strangers' accolades and admiration; four decades of living, not to mention his own long but imperfect marriage, have led him to believe that his words on marriage written as a young man were more naïve than sage.

But that doesn't mean that generations of readers don't still rely on Peter's book as a manual for marriage – or what they wish marriage could be. One of these readers is thirty-something Emily Babson, who first discovered ...

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