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    DescriptionHow does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan's "The Lover's Dictionary c"onstructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.


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    Title
    The Lover's Dictionary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Levithan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 211
    Width: 112 mm
    Height: 180 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250002358
    ISBN 10: 1250002354
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 813/.54
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3562.E922175 L68 2012
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    17 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "Levithan brings ingenuity and a wry edge to his first adult novel. . . Among the novel's pleasures are micro-stories that speak volumes, reminiscent of Lydia Davis' work. . . There's plenty of reflection, not just on the relationship but on the attempt to distill and describe such complex feeling, including this: 'Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.' That, by the way, is Levithan's definition of ineffable." --Heller McAlpin, NPR.org "'The Lover's Dictionary' is clever and poetic and, sigh, sad. . . The brief entries are like poetry; poetry with a gravitational pull back to the central narrative, which is two people falling in love. The fact that the pieces hold together so well is testament, not only to Levithan's light hand and gracious writing but also to the power of this universal story." --Susan Salter Reynolds, "Newsday""" "Young-adult novelist David Levithan doesn't list this entry under the V in the alphabetically headed (and arranged) chapters of 'The Lover's Dictionary, ' his charming short novel about a love affair and its bittersweet evolution from first flirt to shaky domesticity, for lovers of all gender persuasions . . . Surrounded by large amounts of white space--which may be useful for readers as we walk through these dictionary-like entries for musing on our own loves and losses--the spare number of words in Levithan's novel may be just enough . . . But allow me to exclaim. Without ellipsis. (and some white space) Here is a lovely Valentine's Day gift for lovers!" --Alan Cheuse, "San Francisco Chronicle""" "Levithan crafts a love affair as sharp, funny, and sad as any you'd find in an epic novel. . . "The Lover's Dictionary" isn't about how lessons were learned, and in what order--it's a documentation of facts, memories, war wounds. And anyone who has been in a romantic relationship will recognize themselves in Levithan's lovers, f