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'Hard To Love' Offers Tribute To Life's Many, Varied Relationships

Author Briallen Hopper takes us into her unusually expansive love life, complete with knotty familial relationships, deep friendships, and emotional investment in the fictional and material worlds.
Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions by Briallen Hopper Source: PR

Many Americans find it adequate to represent their love and devotion to one person in a single ring on their left hand.

Author Briallen Hopper would need to enlist far more metal to represent her commitments. She would have to wear stacks of rings on each finger or a clanging forearm's worth of bracelets to signify each close friend, sibling, godchild, student, author, fictional character, and sentimentally-imbued object that receives her time and support.

Instead, she's written public tributes to these relationships. In her rousing essay collection Hopper takes us into her unusually expansive love life, complete with knotty familial

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