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Book Doctors: Love Gone Wrong

Favorite works of literature evoking heartache and heartbreak.

Book Doctors: Love Gone Wrong


'The course of true love never did run smooth' -so says Shakespeare. Literature is littered with epic tales of lost love, unrequited romance and doomed affairs. So handkerchiefs at the ready, we ask our Book Doctors and listeners to share their favorite works of literature evoking heartache and heartbreak.

Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library
Mark Luce, Barstow School
John Mark Eberhart, Johnson County Library

Book Doctor Recommendations

John Mark Eberhart:

Lights on a Ground of Darkness by Ted Kooser
Julip by Jim Harrison (novella "Seven Ounce Man")
Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions
The Goodbye Look by Ross MacDonald

Mark Luce:

Point Omega by Don Delillo
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The stories of Raymond Carver

Kaite Stover:

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Very Valenting by Adriana Trigiani

Gina Kaufmann:
Dumped by B. Delores Max

"Love Gone Wrong" Book Recommendations from Listeners:

Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
A Writer's Life by Carol Sklenicka
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Wings of the Dove by Henry James
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Wuthering Heights byEmily Bronte
Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson
Fup by Jim Dodge

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