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Day 207: Anti-Romance Novels, or, 8 Books for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

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).


About evalangston

Eva Langston is a writer, among other things.

7 responses »


    Eva, love this. Can’t wait to read Gone Girl!

  2. Obadiah Poundage

    I heart Albee. More Benzedrine, please.

  3. Reblogged this on BurlesquePress and commented:
    So we did the love poems, now here are some reading ideas for the cynics out there 😉

  4. Hi Eva! I hope you’re well. I would love for you to list my “Anti-Romance” novel on your 2015 list or if you would review or like to conduct an interview, I would be so appreciative! My new Not-Cheesy-Contemporary fiction book is titled Unrequited, One Girl, Thirteen Boyfriends, and Vodka.

    Many thanks! Christy Heron

    • Christy, the title of your book sounds like my life from ages 21 to 30. I’d love to read the book and do a review or interview. Keep in touch!

      • Hi! I love that the title resonates with you. You are who I want reading this book. It’s a distinctive novel, but I think you’ll appreciate that, and enjoy the ride of the read. Let me know if i can gift you a copy on Kindle or iTunes or send you a copy by mail. Thank you, Christy.

      • Hi Christy — That’d be great! I have a Kindle, so I can do an e-book. What info do you need to send it to me? My email address is eva_langston at

        Looking forward to reading it!


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