“Charming. . . . A moving testament to the diversity and depths of love.” —Publishers Weekly
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be swept away—in less time than it takes to read this paragraph. Here are 175 true stories—honest, funny, tender and wise—each as moving as a lyric poem, all told in no more than one hundred words. An electrician lights up a woman’s life, a sister longs for her homeless brother, strangers dream of what might have been. Love lost, found and reclaimed. Love that’s romantic, familial, platonic and unexpected. Most of all, these stories celebrate love as it exists in real life: a silly remark that leads to a lifetime together, a father who struggles to remember his son, ordinary moments that burn bright.
About the Author
Daniel Jones has edited the Modern Love column in the New York Times since its inception in 2004. His books include Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption; Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers); The Bastard on the Couch; and the novel After Lucy, which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Jones appears weekly on the Modern Love podcast and is a consulting producer for Amazon’s Modern Love.
Miya Matsumoto Lee began working for the Modern Love column in 2014 as a submission reader for the column’s third college essay contest. After interning at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University, Miya joined the New York Times as the Modern Love projects assistant. She grew up in New York City, where she currently lives.
“Jones and Lee, editor and submission reader, respectively, for the New York Times Modern Love column, assemble a charming assortment of brief tales of love from the popular column. Each of the 175 selections distill a story of love into fewer than 100 words. While romantic love predominates, there are stories of love between parents and children, siblings, and even for pets and places. . . . This is a moving testament to the diversity and depths of love.” —Publishers Weekly