“Innocence doesn’t exist. Complicity is everywhere,” writes Michele Morano in Like Love, a collection of autobiographical essays about romantic relationships that aren't quite amorous. There’s a piece approximately a person with whom she slept—literally—in the course of a summer time in graduate school; one about an aged landlord she determined herself having dinner with each time her live-in boyfriend was away; and others approximately strangers like Tomas, who turns into her journey companion at some stage in a stopover trip to Germany.
Many of the encounters in Like Love are brief, however one discern returns during the text: Morano’s mom, Rita, an unlikely difficulty for a e-book often approximately sexual affairs that in no way materialize. Morano’s relationship with Rita is fraught with both bitterness and infatuation. The long-legged, beautiful woman seems early inside the second essay, “Breaking and Entering,” which details the disintegration of Morano’s parents’ marriage; and she or he returns in “Evenings at the Collegeview Diner,” an essay that explains how Morano’s first process allowed her to rebuild a dating with both her parents. Rita is arguably the love of Morano’s life, though she died in no way understanding this. In “All the Power This Charm Doth Owe,” Rita visits then-grad scholar Morano in Iowa City and genuinely wants to stay, but Morano dodges her mom’s intimations and commences falling in love with the man who will assist her conceive her next complex love interest: her son. The final essay examines Morano’s anxieties as a brand new mother and newly orphaned daughter who is to begin with unsure whether or not she really loves her child.
Like Love asks readers to destigmatize our maximum illogical iterations of love—the affection we have for our parents, platonic friends, youngsters and, sometimes, other people’s children—because even when love is unavoidably flawed, it is perfectly natural. From her reasons of the brain’s interest as we fall head over heels for someone, to a breakdown of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morano makes clear that despite the fact that we are all complicit in love and its ensuing chaos, our most effective obligation is to revel in it. “Feel the presence,” writes Morano on the stop of Like Love, “the ever-presence of romance in all its many forms, most of that are puzzles, mysteries that point us closer to deep mirrored image on who we are and the way we live.”