Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
I am at the San Miguel Writers Conference in Mexico, which, ironically, means I have little time to write.
Lucky for you, I had this love poem published on Burlesque Press, and I had time to write the following list:
ANTI-ROMANCE NOVELS (okay, they’re not all novels, but these are books that poo-poo traditional romance):
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A wild-ride thriller about a psychotically dysfunctional marriage
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham – A classic: adultery, revenge, and death by cholera
Wild by Cheryl Strayed– Girl gets a divorce from her loving husband and has one-night stands, while hiking the Pacific Coast Trail.
Invisible by Paul Auster – A twisted post-modern tale involving murder and creepy love affairs.
On the Road by Jack Keroac– The beat boys treat women like crap, then they go to a brothel in Mexico.
Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill – A collection of stories about disturbingly dysfunctional relationships.
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld– Lee’s secret relationship with Cross will make any girl cringe — especially the humiliating way that it ends.
Nobody Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July – a collection of quirky stories about sad, weird relationships and lonely people looking for love (and never finding it).