“The Human Being is a repairing animal. Homo sapiens is also Homo reparans.”
We live in a world constantly in need of repair. Our cars break down. Marriages weaken, friendships sour, ties between nations are rent. Yet we fix things and relationships all the time, without giving these activities much thought. Repair is the first book to offer an in-depth exploration of this core aspect of human life.
“A new way of seeing the human experience as a constantly inventive effort [at mending] what is broken, choosing not to, or learning to live with what cannot be fixed.”
-Martha Minow, author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness
“Whether the focus is a teacup, a relationship, a life or a 50-year-old face, H. reparans is charged with the responsibility of deciding when, where and how the reparative impulse is to be exercised. No one who reads this book will ever again be unaware of that responsibility.” —Barbara Brown Taylor, Christian Century
“I wasn’t prepared for how instantly I would be drawn into this writing. . . . An interesting and compelling discussion.” —Feminist Academic Press