The Lover's Dictionary

A Novel

David Levithan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment
does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face.

How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.


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Me without anyone else.

 

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“I’m quitting,” you say. “I can’t believe how wasted I was.

This time, I’m really going to do it.”

And I tell you I’ll help. It’s almost a script at this point.

 

imperceptible, adj.

We stopped counting our relationship in dates (first date, second date, fifth date, seventh) and started counting it in months. That might have been the first true commitment, this shift in terminology.

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The Lover's Dictionary: A Love Story Told Alphabetically

Among the novel's pleasures are micro-stories that speak volumes, reminiscent of Lydia Davis — Heller McAlpin, NPR.org

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David Levithan

David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed young-adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), which was adapted into a popular movie. He is also an editorial director at Scholastic.

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The Lover's Dictionary
A Novel
David Levithan

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ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
January 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374193683
ISBN10: 0374193681
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 224 pages
$20.00

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Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250002358
ISBN10: 1250002354
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 224 pages
$14.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
January 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429994309
ISBN10: 1429994304
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 224 pages
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