Modern Love: the Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption

Edited by Daniel Jones, Modern Love: the Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption is a collection of short stories featured in the New York Times weekly column with the same name.

I started reading this book after watching the web series from Prime. I was totally in love with it as each episode explores our modern day love in different forms. The stories in the book are collected by column editor, Daniel Jones. I love what he had mentioned in his introduction. “Vulnerability is the animating quality of all love stories, and it can take many forms. In every case, though, vulnerability means exposing ourselves to the possibility of loss, but also—crucially!—to the possibility of connection. You can’t have one with out other. The stakes vary, of course, from dipping one’s toe in the water to taking a blind dive from a high cliff.”

Each story has interpreted love in their individual way. They all are not just romantic love, the ranges covered platonic love, too. The stories don’t limit themselves with all about love, either. There are stories telling the aching loss of the loved ones, the trials of midlife marriage, too.

Modern Love has four main chapters : 1) Somewhere Out There, 2) I Think I Love You, 3) Holding on Through the Curves, and 4) Family Matters. You‘d be delighted to know how simple these stories are and be surprised to find out how we can totally relate to many of these. We all may be living in different parts of the world, but when it comes to love, what we feel are almost the same with anyone around the world. I’d rate 4 out of 5.

After finishing the book, I continue to follow up on these stories. I’ve been listening to the Modern Love podcast on Spotify. Every week, a celebrity read a story and it ended with a brief interview with the original writer and the reader, as well.


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