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"The label 'romance' has been attached to an extraordinarily divergent body of texts, from the Arthurian romance Gawain and the Green Knight (c.1400) to Shakespeare's so-called late romances, Keats's Endymion: A Poetic Romance (1818) and 'trashy' romances like Miranda Lee's An Obsessive Desire (Mills and Boon, 1989). A deeply troubled and contradictory term, romance can't be boiled down to a single definition...Romance pops up in all historical periods. It crosses the boundaries between high and low culture, and invades texts that would not otherwise be considered romance, such as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1847) or the novels of Jane Austen. Romance is truly an errant form."
Atonement by Ian McEwanOn a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussionsAtonementfollows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.
Call Number: PR6063.C4 A88 2002
Publication Date: 2007
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura EsquivelEarthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.
Marry Me: A Romance by John Updike"It is, quite simply, Updike's best novel yet." NEWSWEEK A deftly satirical portrait of life and love in a suburban town as only Updike can paint it. From the Paperback edition.
Call Number: PZ4.U64 Mar
Publication Date: 1976
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany -- what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.