Love Stories: Uplifting True Stories About Love

4th Estate. Mar. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781460760932. $28.99. MEMOIR
The stories compiled here by novelist Dalton (All Our Shimmering Skies) offer a powerful reminder that despite years of pandemic-induced isolation, people can create meaningful bonds that defy boundaries of space and time. An antidote to the sterile, screen-bound isolation that has taken a toll on the collective global spirit, these stories abound in various definitions of love, along with palpable signifiers of relationships, such as food, exercise, wine, and coffee. They also demonstrate the proximity of the mundane with the extraordinary. By turns beautiful and painful, the love stories Dalton shares are framed by his powerful descriptions of where the stories come from and are rendered more complex by their interconnectedness and his attention to form.

CORRECTION: The publication date for this book has changed; it will now be published in March 2023.

VERDICT Together, it forms a story told through multiple voices that reminds readers that the ineluctable links between heartache and romance are what make emotions (and relationships) so worthwhile.
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