If Ariel Sabar’s Heart of the City gets you in a mushy mood, follow it up with one of our favorite fictional love stories.
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Possession by A.S. Byatt When two academics discover that their research subjects were in a relationship, they follow suit in this 1990 Booker Prize winner.
The Way I Found Her by Rose Tremain An adolescent boy is reluctantly dragged to Paris, where he develops an intense attraction to his mother’s employer, a Russian writer.
Stir-Fry by Emma Donoghue Naive university student Maria is unaware that her roommates are in a romantic relationship in this debut novel from the author of the acclaimed Room.
P.S. by Helen Schulman An admissions officer experiences déjà-vu when she reads an application from someone who has the same name and birthday as her first love, who died 20 years earlier.
Happenstance: Two Novels in One About a Marriage in Transition by Carol Shields This novel — which depicts love over the course of a long-lasting marriage — is actually two books in one, with each spouse’s point of view represented.