The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
A Novel

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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.


 

About David Levithan

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DAVID LEVITHAN is the author of many acclaimed novels, some of them solo works, some of them collaborations. His solo novels include Boy Meets Boy; The Realm of Possibility; Are We There Yet?; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; Love Is the Higher Law; and The Lover’s Dictionary. His collaborations include Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green), Marly’s Ghost (illustrated by Brian Selznick), and Every You, Every Me (with photographs by Jonathan Farmer), as well as three novels written with Rachel Cohn: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and spends his days in New York City, editing and publishing other people’s books. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com.
 
Published January 21, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 229 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Science & Math. Fiction

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A young man chooses an unusual format to record the details of his longtime relationship with a woman he meets online.

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The Guardian

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reads, "Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life.

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BC Books

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Using clever definitions for words from "aloof" to "zenith," David Levithan sketches an ill-fated love story in The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel (2011, Picador).

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NPR

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Young adult author David Levithan covers adult territory in his new novel, a collection of short definitions for terms throughout a relationship. In little bursts, he helps the reader to understand the bigger picture of a love affair.

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Examiner

A non-traditional style of novel, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan follows a dictionary setup while recounting parts of the narrator’s relationship with his girlfriend.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

is for the reader to decide, and may well tip the balance of whether this sweet but slight volume gets tucked into a beloved's Valentine's Day's day bouquet.

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Teen Reads

the kind of book you someday hope to read aloud from, in bed, to the person you love, waiting for the knowing look you'll see when he or she recognizes that this story is also your story, the story of everyone who has found --- and fought for --- the elusive thing called love.

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Using clever definitions for words from "aloof" to "zenith," David Levithan sket...A novel structured like a dictionary searches for the words to describe love.

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Austin Chronicle

There's a Venn diagram somewhere – just like there's a true love out there for you somewhere, sure, because abstractions are as ubiquitous as they are unattainable – and in one circle of this diagram are the sort of relationships experienced by people who aren't self-reflective, who are only mild...

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BookRack

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan is an ode to love – a subtle love letter to love and its nature.

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

But then, every so often, Levithan provides an insight: “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,” he says.

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