Love Will Tear Us Apart
By Sarah Rainone
Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307450661, 307pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
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A bittersweet, darkly comic novel from a lyrical new voice, Love Will Tear Us Apart tells the story of six childhood friends reunited at a wedding where secrets are revealed, hearts are broken, and new meaning is given to the phrase “You can’t go home again.”
High school sweethearts Lea and Dan are getting married–and no one’s surprised. After all, they’re both perfect–so perfect that their “friends” can’t help but be reminded how screwed up they are in comparison. As an awkward night wears on, and getting wasted is the only way to make it through, a killer soundtrack–from Madonna to Nirvana, the Geto Boys to the Grateful Dead–takes us back to the first cracks in their friendships, their shaky transitions into adulthood, and the few moments of love and connection that have defined them through the years.
By turns a Nick Hornby–esque ode to the way music shapes our memories and an elegy to lost youth in the manner of Bret Easton Ellis, Love Will Tear Us Apart doesn’t aim to capture some supposed “voice of a new generation” but rather tells the story of a generation more comfortable with letting music speak on its behalf.
"Love Will Tear us Apart is like flipping through a high-school yearbook in hell, told with amazingly lyrical compassion...Rainone digs into the despair behind the songs but also the desire behind the despair"
—Rob Sheffield, author of Love is A Mix Tape
“Love Will Tear Us Apart dazzles on an astonishing number of levels....The execution is relentlessly entertaining, glittering with so many great lines that you eventually stop underlining.”
—Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestseller Beat the Reaper
“Sexy, funny, and bittersweet, this is a terrific novel about the extraordinary lives of ordinary kids–and about the music that made them who they are.”
—Alicia Erian, author of the New York Times Notable Book Towelhead