Star-Crossed Lovers

Time and Again

By Jack Finney

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"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?

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Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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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)
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Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

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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)
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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

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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)
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Stardust

By Neil Gaiman

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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)
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My Name is Memory

By Ann Brashares

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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)
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Atonement

By Ian McEwan

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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)
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Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte

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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)
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Where or When

By Anita Shreve

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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)
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The Time Traveler's Wife

By Audrey Niffenegger

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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)
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