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Love Stories - Fiction

Updated: May 2, 2017

In love stories happily ever after is not guaranteed, but sometimes it does happen. 

Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910,
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Set in 19th century Russia, Tolstoy portrays the ill-fated love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky.  The new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky presents an accessible version which offers readers insights into the time period and setting.

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
Call Number: Ed.g

Set within the context of World War I, the love story of Lieutenant Henry and nurse Catherine Barkley is thwarted by bad luck and bad timing.

Baxter, Charles, 1947-

Charles Baxter's novel evokes magic about real people who are in love: some with the right person, some with the wrong person. His writing is beautifully profound about the longing, heartache, and unexpected gifts that love brings.

Gardos, Peter, 1948-

A small gem of a love story, based on the lives of the author's parents. It is 1945, and a 25-year-old Hungarian, who has survived a concentration camp, is deathly ill in a Swedish hospital. With a six-month death sentence, he feels free of inhibitions, and writes to 117 Hungarian women, also recovering camp survivors living in Sweden. Lili is the one who answers, and the rest becomes history.

Colette, 1873-1954.
Call Number: Ed.b

The novella is set in Paris, around 1899. Gigi is being trained and groomed to become a grand courtesan, following in the footsteps of several generations of female realitives. Worldly, wealthy and jaded Gaston Lachaille falls in love with her.

Colette, 1873-1954.

French writer Colette tenderly explores adolescent love between two childhood friends, Phil and Vinca.

Banner, Catherine.

An enchanting love story between two unlikley people, and the many stories from four generations of family members who live on the fictitious island, Castellamare (Sea Castle), somewhere near Sicily.

Praag, Menna van.

An unusual love story that revolves around a house in London guarded by the spirits of famous female writers (George Eliot, Beatrix Potter and others).Young women, who need guidance and mentoring in their personal and professional lives, are selected to spend 99 nights at the house.

Parameswaran, Rajesh.

A striking debut collection of short fiction that traffics in desire. In "The Infamous Bengal Ming," a lovesick tiger mauls his keeper and then prowls the city in anguish under helicopter high beams. In "Demons," a quietly desperate wife idly wishes her husband dead, then is crushed by guilt when he suddenly dies of a heart attack. These characters - human, animal, and insect - bear the puzzling weight of destroying what they love, or being destroyed by it.

Schmitt, Eric-Emmanuel.

A collection of short stories about varieties of love and loss: parental love for a child, love of a pet dog, love among the elderly and the young, and love of remembrance.

Dumas, Alexandre, 1824-1895.
Call Number: Ed.c

The love story of Marguerite Gautier, a courtesan suffering from tuberculosis, and young Armand Duval. His bourgeois family disapproves and persuades Marguerite leave Armand, who thinks she has left him for another man. Marguerite suffers a long painful death. The novel inspired the opera La Traviata, and many films and ballets.

Schine, Cathleen.

An anonymous love letter shakes up a woman's orderly life in a small east coast seaside village. 

Duras, Marguerite.
Call Number: Ed.c

Marguerite Duras' semi-autobiographical novel is about the love affair between an adolescent French colonial girl and an older Chinese businessman, set in French colonial Vietnam

Haruf, Kent.

Addie Moore asks Louis Waters, "I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me. ... And talk?" She then adds, "I am talking about getting through the night." Both of these senior citizens, who are neighbors in Holt Colorado, have lost their spouses. Kent Haruf's last novel elegantly speaks to the loneliness both people feel, and how they overcome it despite the mean-spirited disapproval of friends and relatives.

Nathan, Robert, 1894-1985.

A haunting, ethereal story of timeless love. A talented young artist cannot find the right inspiration to make his work great, until he meets a young schoolgirl in Central Park. His portrait of her is the key to his success. 

Skarmeta, Antonio.

Pablo Neruda's passionate love poetry is the catalyst for a modern love story.

Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885.
Call Number: Ed.u

A historical novel set in southern California in 1884, Ramona is a mixed race orphan who suffers discrimination within her own family. She falls in love with Alessandro, a Native American.  They marry and set out on a journey to find a place to settle, but personal tragedies plague them.

Mishima, Yukio, 1925-1970.
Call Number: Ed.a
This is a tale of first-time love. The setting is a remote island village in Japan where the young couple must overcome the usual obstacles of social status and town gossip. This is a rather conventional tale, but it is Mishima's telling of it with simple honesty that never over-dramatizes the tribulations of the young couple. This book is for those in search of an old fashioned tale of first love conquering all odds, written with just the right mixture of realism and romance.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Call Number: 822.33 R7Mo 2011

William Shakespeare's play about two young lovers caught in the web of their respective family feuds.