The lost domain , Le grand Meaulnes
The arrival of Augustin Meaulnes at a small provincial secondary school sets in train a series of events that will have a profound effect on his life, and that of his new friend François Seurel.

Austen, Jane     
Emma Woodhouse is certain of one thing: that she's an excellent matchmaker . . . even though she's never been in love. Emma dives into the game of finding an admirer for her newest project, Harriet Smith. But Emma quickly realizes she's in over her head and that she might lose everything if she keeps playing.

Austen, Jane     
Mansfield Park
Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, shy, fragile Fanny Price clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.

Austen, Jane     
Sense and sensibility
Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters who fall hopelessly in love, one with a scoundrel, the other with a man secretly engaged to someone else, and it's an excellent example of what made Austen's work radical.

Bronte, Charlotte     
Jane Eyre
A novel about the problems of a young governess, whose love affair with her master is terminated when the terrifying mystery surrounding the upper rooms of their home is exposed.

Bronte, Emily     
Wuthering Heights
The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

Capote, Truman     
Breakfast at Tiffany's : a short novel and three stories
The story of Holly Goligthly, a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.

Du Maurier, Daphne     
A timid young girl marries a widower, only to find her new home haunted by the memory of Rebecca, his first wife.

Dumas, Alexandre     
The Count of Monte Cristo
Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts is the story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal.

Eliot, George     
Set in a provincial Victorian neighborhood, the author explores the complex social relationship and the struggle to hold fast to personal tragedy in a materialistic environment.

Fitzgerald, F Scott     
The great Gatsby
James Gatz, a self-educated nobody from North Dakota, amasses a fortune and adopts the persona of Jay Gatsby, an Oxford-educated man about town to win back the heart of Daisy, the woman he loved in his youth who is now married to Tom Buchanan, a brutal, ignorant racist who embodies the corruption that can come with unlimited wealth.

Flaubert, Gustave     
Madame Bovary
Desperate to escape the dullness of provincial life, a young married woman (Mia Wasikowska) pursues forbidden fantasies through a series of indiscreet seductions and adulterous affairs.

Forster, E M     
A room with a view
A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza.

Fowles, John     
The French lieutenant's woman
Anna and Mike fall in love despite the fact that Mike's character is engaged. After a short, passionate affair, Anna's melancholy character leaves Mike.

Golden, Arthur     
Memoirs of a geisha : a novel
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love, always elusive, is scorned as illusion

Greene, Graham     
The end of the affair
The retrospective account of adulterous affair with Sarah Miles-a hate bred of a passion that ultimately lost out to God. End of the Affair was acclaimed by William Faulkner as "one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody's language."

Hardy, Thomas     
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
The life of a simple country girl in nineteenth-century England is destroyed by her father's determination to use her in order to regain the family's former social standing.

Hemingway, Ernest     
A farewell to arms
An American's love for an English nurse during the First World War ends in tragedy.

Heyer, Georgette     
The grand Sophy
When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right.

Heyer, Georgette     
The Spanish bride
After marrying Harry Smith when she was 14 years old, Juana Smith "followed the drum," marching at the back of the troops along with the other wives and the officers' servants. In spite of the danger, Juana thrived on military life and her passionate, if somewhat stormy, relationship with Harry.

Hugo, Victor     
The hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda is a beautiful gypsy woman who captures the heart of many men including Quasimodo, the titular hunchback who lives in secret at Notre Dame. Saved by Esmeralda's kindness, Quasimodo falls in love and sets out to save her from the clutches of those who mean to harm her.

James, Henry     
The portrait of a lady
The classic story about Isabel Archer, who is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt, but has plans of her own.

James, Henry     
Washington Square
The gentle and dutiful Catherine Sloper has always been in awe of her father, but when she falls in love with Morris Townsend, a penniless charmer whom Dr. Sloper accuses of being a fortune hunter, she dares to defy him and a battle of wills ensues that will leave her forever changed.

Lawrence, D H     
Lady Chatterley's lover
As Lady Chatterley falls in love and conceives a child with Oliver Mellors, she moves from the heartless, bloodless world of the intelligentsia and aristocracy into a vital and profound connection rooted in sexual fulfillment.

Lawrence, D H     
Sons and lovers
Paul Morel, a painter from a British working-class family, is unable to choose between his possessive mother and two young beautiful women.

Lawrence, D H     
Women in love
A powerful and engrossing tale of extremes and extremists, D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love follows the passionate relationships of two sisters, Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen, with their respective lovers, the ominous Gerald Crich and the charismatic but fragile Rupert Birkin.

Leroux, Gaston     
The phantom of the opera
Terribly disfigured and heartily unhappy, Erik haunts the Opera Garnier in Paris, posing as a ghostly figure. There, he meets opera protegee Christine and commences voice lessons with her. Soon, Erik falls in love with Christine, whose heart is already committed to another man.

Maugham, W Somerset     
Of human bondage
One of the most widely read novels of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham's masterpiece Of Human Bondage gives a harrowing depiction of unrequited love. Philip Carey, a sensitive orphan born with a clubfoot, finds himself in desperate need of passion and inspiration.

Mitchell, Margaret     
Gone with the wind
Set in Georgia and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, this epic historical romance depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty after the Civil War. It is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story.

Mitford, Nancy     
Love in a cold climate
Polly Hampton has long been groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, the fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore. But Polly, with her stunning good looks and impeccable connections, is bored by the monotony of her glittering debut season in London.

Orczy, Emmuska Orczy     
The scarlet pimpernel
In 1792, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine.

Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich     
Doctor Zhivago
A Russian epic, "Doctor Zhivago" traces the life of surgeon-poet Yuri Zhivago before and during the Russian Revolution. Married to an upper-class girl who is devoted to him, yet in love with an unfortunate woman who becomes his muse, Zhivago is torn between fidelity and passion.

Penman, Sharon Kay     
The sunne in splendour
Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, in the midst of what history has called the War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV. Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who has denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far more sinned against than sinning.

Proust, Marcel     
Swann's way
With narration that alternates between first and third person, Swann's Way unconventionally introduces Proust's recurring themes of memory, love, art, and the human experience-and for nearly a century, audiences have deliciously savored each moment.

Sagan, Françoise     
Bonjour tristesse
Cecile is the spoiled 17-year-old daughter of Raymond, a wealthy Parisian widower vacationing in a villa on the French Riviera. Their pleasure-seeking existence is threatened when Raymond decides to marry Cecile's straitlaced godmother, Anne, who disapproves of the teenager's steamy summer affair with Philippe.

Seton, Anya     
Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

Shakespeare, William     
A midsummer night's dream
One of Shakespeare's dark comedies, this play tells of lovers forbidden to marry and depicts mysterious happenings in sinister woods.

Shakespeare, William     
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet are young lovers separated by the ancient and enduring hatred between their families.

Shikibu, Murasaki     
The tale of Genji
The classic novel of court life in tenth and eleventh-century Japan centers on the exploits of a nobleman known as the shining Genji, son of an emperor, and those of Kaoru, grandson of Genji's best friend.

Tolstoy, Leo     
Anna Karenina
This "story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky." -- Goodreads

Tolstoy, Leo     
War and peace
War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

  Olympia Library Staff - August 2016