The Little Book of Heartbreak
In The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages, journalist Meghan Laslocky explores love’s smouldering ruins with humor and empathy, covering history, literature, culture, film, music and art. By shedding light on everything from kinky ancient Greek love spells to composer Johannes Brahms’ messy love life to the perils of modern matchmaking, the charming Little Book of Heartbreak will engage anyone interested in social and cultural history, help lovelorn souls read through the pain, and reassure all readers that heartbreak is not only normal, but crucial to human experience.
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“From the pursuit of love potions in ancient Greece to the melodrama behind Norman Mailer’s six marriages, a hilarious salve for the lovesick.” – O, The Oprah Magazine
“Lively with a sassy, wry style…a fun, engaging, and comprehensive romp through heartache and heartbreak.” – Julia Alvarez, author of A Wedding in Haiti and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
“Laslocky showcases just how tough some loves can be…the long list of folks who survived love lends credit to Laslocky’s view of heartbreak as ‘transformative,’ and reminds readers though they are lonely, they are certainly not alone.” – Publishers Weekly
Read an essay adapted from the book here, at Greater Good magazine.