The End of the Affair

If all happy families are alike, it makes sense that the ones with a little “friction” make for the most interesting subject matter, right? So, it’s no wonder that so many of our greatest writers have chosen to explore the darker side of happily ever after. (Look at Shakespeare. Would Hamlet have gotten so stabby if he hadn’t suspected Gertrude of cheating on his dad?) To err is human. To read about someone’s else’s errings is divine.

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Katherine by Anya Seton
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

3 Comments on "The End of the Affair"

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  1.' Gerard says:

    I read two of those but only because high school made me.

  2. I loved Madame Bovary, The Scarlet Letter and Anna Karenina.
    I hated the Great Gatsby.
    I am divided on The End of The Affair, that I read recently for a read-long:

  3.' Gerard says:

    End of the affair? Don’t forget ALL IN: THE EDUCATION OF GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS.

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