Good Minds Suggest: Jane Green's Favorite Unlikely Love StoriesPosted by Goodreads on July 4, 2016
Bestselling author Jane Green, whose 18 novels include The Beach House, Jemima J, and Bookends, has made her name with lively explorations of the dilemmas and tough choices facing contemporary women: the trials of romance, marriage, motherhood, work and friendship, the blows of betrayal, disappointment and financial adversity, and (what can often be the trickiest job of all) figuring out—or owning up to—who you really are and what you really want. This question lies at the heart of Green's latest book, Falling, as it follows upper-crust Brit Emma Montague as she struggles to find a life and a home for herself in America. After rejecting a hectic, unfulfilling existence in Manhattan, Emma moves to Westport, Connecticut, to pursue her dreams of interior design. She rents an ugly cottage from an attractive man, Dominic, who has a son, and she proceeds to convince herself that nothing could ever happen between her and her landlord, given their vastly different backgrounds. Unsurprisingly she is proved wrong—and in ways she could never predict. British-born Green, who also lives in Westport, shares five of her favorite books with unlikely romances.
Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido
"Katherine's love affair with the entire Goldman family, Hampstead intellectuals who are all too familiar, and subsequent love affair with one of the sons, has made this book one of the most enduring love affairs of my own life. Katherine and Jonathan are from completely different backgrounds—he, sharp intelligentsia; she, suburban and gentle middle class—but theirs is an unexpected and comforting match."
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
"Quirky and charming, the characters of Ditmas Park are all delightful as they struggle through a summer in a Brooklyn neighborhood, but none more so than the teenage Ruby and Harry. Good boy meets bad girl with a vibrant, throbbing heart."
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
"Were there ever such unlikely lovers as the boisterous, confident playboy Brian and the bookish, quiet, intense Mary Ann? A gorgeous snapshot into San Francisco life in the '70s and '80s, filled with humor and heart."
She Is Me by Cathleen Schine
"Daisy Piperno is the work colleague of her daughter, not a woman the relatively happily married and middle-aged Greta expects to find herself falling for. An unlikely, unexpected love story, a small gem of beauty in a luscious tale of family, friendships, and love."
Bilgewater by Jane Gardam
"Marigold Green, my almost namesake, nicknamed Bilgewater, is alone and awkward in the boarding school where her father teaches, but madly and secretly in love with the popular, outgoing, perfect Jack Rose. She is a glorious heroine for all those who felt, as teenagers, that their loves would never notice them, that they didn't fit in. I have loved this book for almost 40 years."
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