If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: Stories

Heralding the arrival of a stunning new voice in American fiction, Robin Black’s If I Loved You, I Would Tell You Thistakes readers into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all.
Written with maturity and insight, and in beautiful, clear-eyed prose, these stories plumb the depths of love, loss, and hope. A father struggles to forge an independent identity as his blind daughter prepares for college. A mother comes to terms with her adult daughter’s infidelity, even as she keeps a disturbing secret of her own. An artist mourns the end of a romance while painting a dying man’s portrait. An accident on a trip to Italy and an unexpected connection with a stranger cause a woman to question her lifelong assumptions about herself.

Brilliant, hopeful, and fearlessly honest, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This illuminates the truths of human relationships, truths we come to recognize in these characters and in ourselves.

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By Elyse (San Jose, CA) · ★★★★★ · December 14, 2014
5++++ Stars!

For 'anyone' who has ever said --they are not fans of short stories -- I dare you to spit those words out after reading ROBIN BLACK!

I think I've just discovered a new TOP FAVORITE WRITER. I'll read ANYTHING this woman writes! I'll read 'this' book again!

In my experience, Robin Black... ...more
By Jill (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★★ · March 24, 2015
Decades ago, Ernest Hemingway said that the most important thing was to “write what’s true.” By that criterion, Robin Black’s collection of 10 short stories is an unqualified success. All of them are quite good and some of them are downright exceptional. She writes about the truest things in life... ...more
By Julie · ★★★☆☆ · March 12, 2015
Three and a Half Stars

A blind daughter whose perception is far keener than her father realizes; a wife who hides the evidence of a mild stroke behind a turquoise scarf; the new girl at school who seems to float above everyone’s low opinion of her, like a faerie in white tights and black-patent Ma... ...more
By Larry (Fairfax, VA) · July 25, 2011
What a beautifully moving book this was. Robin Black's short story collection examined the tenuous connections of relationships—between parent and child, lovers, friends, siblings, even strangers. Some of the stories (one in particular) made me laugh out loud, some made me cry, but all made me th... ...more
By Abigail (The United States) · ★★★★★ · April 07, 2011
I just grabbed this book off a library shelf because the cover and title were intriguing. I read the first story and thought "Hmmm, pretty good. Wonder how the others will compare." The next was also great. And the next. And the next. All ten of them were incredible pieces of fiction. I have neve... ...more
By Neelakshi (Gurgaon, 10, India) · ★★★★★ · September 06, 2014
I just loved this very humane, moving, achingly bittersweet collection of short stories - they transported me almost to another world with the texture of writing.Stories about fathers and mothers and their daughters, artists in love and mourning, and a solo traveler show all mingle and yet stand... ...more
By Alan (Birmingham, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · January 28, 2015
There was a point when I thought I’ll not go on, but like Beckett decided I must go on. That wasn’t because of the quality of the stories – throughout the writing is excellent, firmly in the (as it says on the cover of my copy) Munro-Bloom-Moore firmament and as good – but because every story rev... ...more
By Ann (Peterborough, ON, Canada) · ★★★★★ · March 03, 2011
Dear Robin Black:

I hope you are writing another short story collection. I don't want to pressure you or anything, but I finished IF I LOVED YOU last night, and I'm ready to dive into your next book right now. It was that good.

Each story in your collection is beautifully crafted and has something... ...more