Star-Crossed Lovers

Ernest Hemingway
[This book] is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. (From the catalog summary)
Cormac McCarthy
This National Book Award winner tells the story of John Grady Cole who, at 16, finds himself at the dying end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. (From the catalog summary)
Leo Tolstoy
Regarded by many as the greatest novel ever written in any language, Anna Karenina relates the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, Anna's tragedy unfolds with relentless force as she rejects her passionless marriage to the aging official Karenin and must endure the hypocrisies of society. (Catalog summary)
Ian McEwan
On 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 repercussions [follow] through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century. (Catalog summary)
Charles Frazier
Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada confront the vastly transformed world they've been delivered. (From the catalog summary)
Lin Haire-Sargent

Out in the world on his own again, Heathcliff is groomed into a gentleman, encounters old rivals, and prepares to face his beloved Cathy again in a speculative novel on Heathcliff's three-year absence from Wuthering Heights.

Laura Esquivel
Despite the fact that she has fallen in love with a young man, Tita, the youngest of three daughters born to a tyrannical rancher, must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother. (Catalog summary)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years. (Catalog summary)
Ann Brashares
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, he and Sophia have been drawn together, and he remembers it all. Daniel has the ability to recall past lives and recognize those he's previously known. And for all the times he and Sophia have been lovingly drawn together, they've also been torn fatally apart. (Catalog summary)
Nicholas Sparks
At 45, Adrienne Willis must rethink her life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend where she meets Paul Flanner, who is escaping his own shattered past. (Catalog summary)
Jane Austen
After the man whose proposal she had rejected returns from his long military tour at sea, Anne Elliot is forced to face the decision she had made eight years before, along with the man she has never stopped loving, in Jane Austen's final novel. (Catalog summary)
Neil Gaiman
What happens when you make a promise to bring back a fallen star? Teenager Tristran Thorn is about to find out, as he ventures beyond the wall of his English countryside town. After falling in love with the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester, he sets out on a quest to fulfill his promise to his beloved-and stumbles into the magical realm that lies beyond. (Catalog summary)
Robert James Waller
When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever. (Catalog summary)
Michael Ondaatje
With unsettling beauty and intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II. The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning. (Catalog summary)
Nicholas Evans
His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl's savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her--a reason to believe. (Catalog summary)
Audrey Niffenegger
Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel. (Catalog summary)
Jack Finney

"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon."

Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night -- right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed -- or did it?

Anita Shreve
Leafing through his newspaper's literary supplement one day, Charles Callahan, a middle-aged insurance broker, spots a photograph of his first love, Sin Richards. Married, faithfully if not happily, with three daughters and a struggling business, Charles writes to Sin, a published poet, also married and mother of two children. Sin writes back, and as their correspondence develops into intimacy, three decades after their childhood affair, they agree to meet again. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Sin and Charles risk everything for each other, reaching across time to reclaim what they had in youth. (Catalog summary)
Emily Bronte
Mr. Earnshaw finds a waif on the streets of Liverpool, and brings him home to raise with his children, Catherine and Hindley. From the beginning, the strange child disrupts their quiet moorland home. Catherine forms a passionate attachment to him, and Hindley hates him, seeing him as a usurper and a rival for his father's affection. Their turmoil takes them on many twisted paths before coming to rest a generation later. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication at the age of thirty. (Catalog summary)