Books for Broken Hearts - The New York Times | Modern Society of USA

Books for Broken Hearts – The New York Times

Books for Broken Hearts - The New York Times

No matter how you’re feeling about a relationship gone wrong — wistful, listless, bitter, or maybe even hopeful — these authors might help.

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In this savagely funny roman à clef, Ephron skewered her then-husband, the journalist Carl Bernstein, who had an affair when she was pregnant with their second child. The Times columnist Gail Collins, writing about the novel years later, said that it provided “a map for how to tell the story of the worst humiliation of your life in a way that leaves them laughing.”

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It takes decades for Fermina and Florentino, who were young sweethearts, to finally reunite, but they come back to each other older, wiser and still passionately in love. This saga hits all the notes of an old-fashioned romance — teenage infatuation, the heartbreak of separation, betrayals and pledges.

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Nate Piven, 30-something literary intellectual, seems to either annoy or enrage every woman he dates. “He’s sure he’s not a bad person, yet he walks around Brooklyn like an emotional fugitive, ready to dodge an aggrieved ex at every corner,” The Times’s reviewer wrote.

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