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April 17, 2012 12:28 AM Subscribe
Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships.
posted by gursky to Media & Arts (38 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I am in the midst of a strange situation relationship-wise and I need some good reading material. I'm looking for suggestions for novels about complicated relationships - you know, where circumstances are really tough and complex, or things are just really messy, but stories where no one is necessarily at fault. (Note: when I say "difficult", I do not mean abusive or scary or harmful. Think more along the lines of circumstances keeping people apart, or a tense love triangle.)
A great example would be "A Home at the End of the World" by Michael Cunningham. That novel is about a complicated three-way relationship, with no one to blame for how tricky things get/can be. The book does a good job of exploring complicated emotions.
Bonus if the book is fairly positive, but without being sugary/sweet. I like to think of complicated things as an opportunity for growth, so anything with that kind of underlying theme would be helpful. Realistic but positive is my aim. (Extra bonus for books that are damn good at making you just ache.)
Thanks so much.