Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon Author:Marjorie Kellogg "Once there were three patients who met in the hospital and decided to live together. They arrived at this decision because they had no place to go when they were discharged. — "Despite the fact that these patients often quarreled and nagged each other, and had, so far a they knew, nothi... more »ng in common, they formed an odd balance--like three pawnshop balls."
In this almost fable-like manner Marjorie Kellogg begins her wonderful and deeply affecting novel of love among the wounded. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon is in the simplest sense a love story, but a highly unusual love story, in which humor and artistry triumph over seemingly inauspicious setting and dramatis personnae. On its surface, the novel is the story of three people whom life has treated cruelly. One, the indomitable heroine Junie Moon, has been disfigured by a deranged lover. Arthur, the second patient, suffers from a "progressive neurological disease" which causes him to walk with a careening gait, his hands fluttering about his face. The third member of the triangle, Warren, was shot in the spine while hunting with a friend, and has spent his days since then in a wheelchair.
The three new friends find a house together, a marvelously seedy old place with a great banyan tree in the back yard and a snooping neighbor beyond the hedge. Then, with touching courage and a thorough scorn for self-pity, they explore the dangerous possibilities of love. The adventures of this strange trio with a variety of people from the outside world (and a scavenging hound who is one of the irresistible dogs in literature) make up the novel.
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon is full of high comedy and pathos, and it is written with a beautiful simplicity that belies the depth of its insight into the ways we all struggle to live and love.« less