Top Picks… New York Novels
To get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, LUXE lists iconic NYC love stories to pack for your vacay. Why not visit some of the local locations? Tiffany’s mint-green boxes beckon!
Pulitzer Prize-winning Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (1920) dissects the Gilded Age of 1870s New York society, with an upper-class couple’s impending marriage threatened by the arrival of the bride’s worldly, scandal-tinged female cousin.
This Side of Paradise (1920) was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic and witty bestselling debut novel. The semi-autobiographical story of a handsome Princeton student’s loves and losses captures the spirit of post-World War I youth.
Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) became a hit 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as quirky heroine Holly Golightly. Fred, a fellow tenant in Holly’s New York brownstone apartment, falls for this rebellious society girl.
Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn (2009) charts the tale of a young Irish woman who makes a better life for herself in the NY borough in the 1950s, but is torn between her new Italian love interest and an old flame.
Just Kids (2010), a memoir by songwriter Patti Smith, documents her youthful relationship with artist/photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, channelling NY’s boho Chelsea Hotel in the late 1960s and 70s.
The Goldfinch (2013), by Donna Tartt, tells the gripping coming-of-age yarn of a boy caught up in a terrorist bombing at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he steals a priceless Dutch artwork and falls obsessively in love.
Spoiler alert: not all of these have a happy ending...