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The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

ISBN: 0374193681

Title: The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

Author: David Levithan

KDL Description:

I read The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan. David Levithan is one of my favorite authors. His use of language is so beautiful that I find myself reading the same line over and over, just to savor it. This book is delicious!
–Kris at KDL’s Comstock Park branch

Amazon Description:

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There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment
does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face.

How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.