Classic: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Fic Tols)
New: Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (Fic Essb, CD Fic Essb)
For an updated story of a woman who looks outside her imperfect marriage for love and happiness -- and is punished for it -- try Hausfrau, in which the protagonist's own choices cause conflict, not social limitations.
Classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Fic Bron)
New: Reader, I Married Him Edited by Travy Chevalier (SC Read, CD SC Read)
Readers eager for the themes and characters found in Jane Eyre may enjoy this collection of stories inspired by the classic tale of the poor governess who falls in love with a much older, more powerful man haunted by his secrets.
Classic: Price and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Fic Aust)
New: Longbourn by Jo Baker (Fic Bake, Q Bake, CD Fic Bake)
Fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice should enjoy Longbourn, told from the perspective of the servants in the Bennett family's residence. Although this character-driven novel references many events in Austen's book, it casts them in an entirely different light.
Classic: A Room with a View by E.M Forster (Fic Fors)
New: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Fic Ishi, Q Ishi, CD Fic Ishi)
A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kath and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into the idyllic years of their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the serene English countryside, and a dramatic confrontation with the truth about their childhoods and about their lives in the present.
Classic: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (822.33 U3)
New: A Word for Love by Emily Robbins (Fic Robb)
Traveling to the Middle East in the hopes of reading a famed Arabic love story, American exchange student Bea becomes entwined in the complicated lives of her host family and a Romeo-and-Juliet romance between a housemaid and a policeman from different cultural and political backgrounds.
Classic: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Fic Bron)
New: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (Fic Gool)
Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman with a troubled past who lives in a remote nineteenth-century Wisconsin town, has advertised for a reliable wife; and his ad is answered by Catherine Land, a woman who makes every effort to hide her own dark secrets.
Classic: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Fic DuMa)
New: Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell (M Cann, QM Cann)
In each of these brooding historical who-done-its, ill-advised second marriages unravel a family's dark past. A naive new bride ponders the mysterious disappearance of her husband's first wife in Rebecca; in Murder at Mullings, a much-disliked second wife meets a different end. (Florence Norris Mysteries, 1)
Classic: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Fic Whar)
New: Belgravia by Julian Fellowes (Fic Fell, CD Fic Fell)
A wealth of historical detail creates a vivid 19th century upper-class world, along with its strict code of conventional conduct, in these engrossing novels. Both feature wealthy characters caught in awkward social positions and monetary issues that jeopardize their prospects.
Classic: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Fic Flau)
New: We Are Water by Wally Lamb (Fic Lamb, CD Fic Lamb, Q Lamb, PLAY Fic Lamb)
Annie Oh, a newly famous artist, sends her family into a tailspin when she announces her intention to marry her powerful gallerist, Viveca. While Annie’s husband Orion is devastated by the loss of his wife of 27 years, her children’s responses range from delight to denial.
Classic: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence (Fic Lawr)
New: An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (Fic Mart, CD Fic Mart)
Lacey Yeager takes New York City's art world by storm, charming men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness and experiencing the highs and lows of the art world from the late 1990s into the present day.
Classic: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Fic Fitz)
New: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Fic Benj, CD Fic Benj)
Although set in different time periods, these engaging novels skewer New York society and individuals who find appearances and social standing more important than relationships. Both novels immortalize a time period and the elite atmospheric of upper-class life.
Classic: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (822.33 P7)
New: Ill Met by Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan (M Dunc)
It’s the most important night of the year for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. But "the course of true love never did run smooth," and in the aftermath of a disastrous after party, the stage is set for murder.
Classic: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (843.7 Hugo)
New: Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Fic Gaba, CD Fic Gaba, PLAY Fic Gaba)
These books share the genre 'Historical fiction' and the subject 'Love'. After being presumed dead, Jamie Fraser returns to find that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered who his father is, and his nephew has decided to marry a Quaker. (Outlander Novels, 8)
Classic: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Fic McCu)
New: Early Warning by Jane Smiley (Fic Smil, Q Smil, CD Fic Smil)
These sweeping 20th-century family sagas feature compelling characters, ample drama, and a moving tone. The Thorn Birds focuses heavily on family relationships and romance while Early Warning also weaves larger social and political events into its story. (Last Hundred Years Trilogy, 2)