10 BEST CHEESE-FREE LOVE STORIES [SHOWING SLIDE 10 OF 10]

We wanted so badly to be clever about love for today’s list. It being Valentine’s Day tomorrow, all those schmaltzy jewelry commercials are on TV; if we see another saccharine Hallmark card, we might self-destruct. A list of the 10 best anti-love novels or the most memorable characters wreaking revenge on hurtful lovers might have been an antidote to the commercialized ritual of love we all undergo this week. But when we started filing through the Kirkus archive, we kept saying “awww” and sighing while recalling love stories we unironically, unabashedly admire. So we’ll toss the clever façade: here are the 10 love stories we don’t ever want to forget.

Kirkus Star
by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin

"A contemporary equivalent of This Side of Paradise or Vile Bodies, and another solid building-block in one of contemporary fiction's most energetic and impressive bodies of work."
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