Love Stories


In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I offer you a few of my favourite love stories:

AmericanahAmericanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why I love it: The relationship between the two main character is complex and believable.

Just KidsJust Kids, by Patti Smith

Why I love it: Patti Smith’s ode to the late photographer Robert Maplethorpe is passionate, unpredictable, and written with such beautiful prose it will make you cry.

OneDayOne Day, by David Nicholls

Why I love it: This book is the perfect love story. It’s funny, human, endearing, tragic, and ultimately hopeful. And so much better than the movie!

Prodigal SummerProdigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

Why I love it: This is Barbara Kingsolver at her finest. Prodigal Summer is an intricately woven braid of three love stories set in Appalachia, each of which mirror a relationship in nature.

ThisIsTheStoryofaHappyMarriageThis is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

Why I love it: The stories detailing Ann Patchett’s relationship to her husband in this sublime collection are intuitive and wise. Everyone who wants to understand what makes a relationship work should read her title story.

TinyBeautifulThingsTiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed

Why I love it: This collection of Cheryl Strayed’s advice columns as The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar will knock your socks off with their unequivocal, loving, and totally true relationship advice.


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