Synopses & Reviews
The perfect anti-valentine: a whirlwind tour through love’s most crushing moments.
What’s the best way to mend a broken heart? Forget ice cream, wine, and sappy movies. Journalist Meghan Laslocky advises: Read through the pain. From forbidden love in 12th century Paris to the art of crafting the perfect “I’m over you” mix CD, The Little Book of Heartbreak is a quirky exploration of all things lovelorn, including:
• How serial cheater Ernest Hemingway stole his wife’s job just as their marriage was collapsing
• Kinky spells cast by lovesick men in ancient Greece
• Painter Oscar Kokoschka’s attempt to get over an ex by creating (and having liaisons with!) her life-size replica
• Brooding crooner Morrissey’s personal creed about how romantic love is useless
• The connection between World War II and what you talk about with your therapist
• Insights into the tricky chemistry of monogamy, courtesy of tiny rodents
• And other lessons learned from ill-fated romances, lovers’ quarrels, and hell-hath-no-fury spats throughout the ages
Featuring anecdotes from history, literature, culture, art and music, The Little Book of Heartbreak shares the entertaining, empowering and occasionally absurd things that happen when love is on its last legs.
"In this breezy book, Laslocky collects tales of history's greatest love affairs gone awry, and offers advice from music, science, and personal experience (according to her bio, she's 'been dumped at least a dozen times, including on my birthday') on how to get over the end of an affair. After a quick gloss over the history of romantic love, Laslocky showcases just how tough some loves can be, from Heloise and Abelard's forbidden romance in 12th-century Paris, to relationships so dysfunctional like Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb's that their dissolution is worthy of applause. Though practical advice on how to cope with heartbreak comprises little more than books, movies, and music suggestions, there's plenty of warmth and humor. If nothing else, the long list of folks who survived love lends credit to Laslocky's view of heartbreak as 'transformative,' and reminds readers that though they are lonely, they are certainly not alone. Agent: Lindsay Edgecombe, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Fascinating and revelatory delvings into love and loss....The Little Book of Heartbreak is not only a book for the heartbroken or heartbreakers, it's for anyone who has a heart and is in any way curious about the transformative forces of love, hate, anger, and lust." Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic, author of Suffering Succotash
“Meghan Laslocky has written a terrifically entertaining compendium of lost love, romantic revenge, and the uniquely excruciating experience that is heartbreak.” Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch
About the Author
Meghan Laslocky is a freelance journalist and producer for KQED public broadcasting. She has been dumped at least a dozen times, including on her birthday. She lives with her husband and son in the Bay Area.