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Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
Contemporary fiction

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

by Ed Tarkington

Quick take

Like _The Wonder Years_ or _A Christmas Story_, Tarkington's ability to shine a retrospective light on the painful awkwardness of childhood is masterful and entertaining.

Why I love it

Neil Young's hit 1970s song about love, loneliness and heartbreak lends its title to this wonderful coming-of-age novel. It's the perfect namesake for Ed Tarkington's story about all kinds of love, and learning that the things you think you understand when you are a child, may not have been what they seemed at the time. 1977: The narrator, an eight-year-old boy named Rocky, lives in a small Virgi...

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    February 2016