“Charming. . . . A moving testament to the diversity and depths of love.”
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.
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 Lee is the Modern Love projects editor at The New York Times. She co-hosts the Modern Love podcast, reads submissions to Modern Love, selects and edits Tiny Love Stories and develops the column's special projects. She began work for Modern Love as a reader for the column's college essay contest. She lives in New York City.
“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