In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I offer you a few of my favourite love stories:
Why I love it: The relationship between the two main character is complex and believable.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.