STARRED REVIEW
February 14, 2011

9 beloved literary love stories of the early 2000s

STARRED REVIEW

9 beloved literary love stories of the early 2000s

February 14, 2011
STARRED REVIEW
February 14, 2011

9 beloved literary love stories of the early 2000s

February 14, 2011
STARRED REVIEW
February 14, 2011

9 beloved literary love stories of the early 2000s

STARRED REVIEW
February 14, 2011

9 beloved literary love stories of the early 2000s

February 14, 2011

9 beloved literary love stories of the early 2000s

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Everyone has a different opinion of Valentine's Day. It's a groan-worthy Hallmark holiday. The most romantic day of the year. An occasion to watch bad romantic comedies with friends. An excuse to eat an entire box of Russell Stover candies.

No matter how you feel, you can probably agree that books that celebrate love—whether pulse-pounding romantic love, obsessive love, familial love or love between friends—are books to cherish. In honor of Valentine's Day, we want to share our nine favorite literary love stories of the early 2000s. Now grab a hunk of chocolate and keep reading . . .

Bel Canto (2001)

Would any list of love stories be complete without this novel? The relationships in a group of terrorists and hostages sound anything but sexy—but trust me that this unusual cast will have you crying and sighing after about 30 minutes of reading. Bonus: You'll find yourself in love with opera after author Ann Patchett has cast her spell.
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The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)

Audrey Niffenegger's story of Henry (a punk-loving, time traveling librarian) and Clare (an artist) has become a contemporary classic. It's clever, heart-breaking and romantic—and I envy the reader who hasn't discovered it yet.
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The History of Love (2005)

"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering." Need I say more about Nicole Krauss's wonderful book?
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The Myth of You & Me (2005)

Leah Stewart's graceful story attempts to answer this central question: Can a friendship ever be mended once the bonds of trust have been shattered? This is one of our favorite novels about the complicated love between friends.
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005)

Lisa See writes beautifully about two girls in 19th-century China who build a friendship that exceeds even their love for their own families.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) 

Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel addresses teenage love, obsessive love, unrequited love and more. It's hip, high-energy and hysterical.
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The Post-Birthday World (2007)

Lionel Shriver's cleverly constructed novel (think Sliding Doors) is about passionate love, comfortable love and the love that could have been. If you love to ask "What if?" this book is for you.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008)

This delightful novel about the people of the Channel Island of Guernsey includes a tender love story that will make your heart flutter. Even better, the novel itself is practically an ode to booklovers. (And the way author Annie Barrows finished the book for her dying aunt Mary Ann Shaffer is lovely, too.)
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My Abandonment (2009)

This pick falls into the "unconventional" category of love stories, but we think Peter Rock's spare, haunting novel is one of the most fascinating stories of parent/child love published in recent years.
Read more in BookPage.

Bel Canto
By Ann Patchett
HarperCollins

ISBN 9780060188733

The Time Traveler’s Wife
By Audrey Niffenegger
MacAdam/Cage

ISBN 9781931561464

The History of Love
By Nicole Krauss
Norton

ISBN 9780393060348

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
By Junot Díaz
Riverhead

ISBN 9781594489587

The Post-Birthday World
By Lionel Shriver
HarperCollins

ISBN 9780061187841

My Abandonment
By Peter Rock
HMH

ISBN 9780151014149

Get the Books

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett
HarperCollins
ISBN 9780060188733
The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife

By Audrey Niffenegger
MacAdam/Cage
ISBN 9781931561464
The History of Love

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss
Norton
ISBN 9780393060348
The Myth of You & Me

The Myth of You & Me

By Leah Stewart
Shaye Areheart
ISBN 9781400098064
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

By Lisa See
Random House
ISBN 9781400060283
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Díaz
Riverhead
ISBN 9781594489587
The Post-Birthday World

The Post-Birthday World

By Lionel Shriver
HarperCollins
ISBN 9780061187841
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Barrows
Dial
ISBN 9780385340991
My Abandonment

My Abandonment

By Peter Rock
HMH
ISBN 9780151014149

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