I just finished The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan and it was absolutely one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read/ideas I have even come across. Mr. Levithan doesn't present a chronological picture of a relationship, rather he presents an alphabetical list of definitions as if from a dictionary. Each word and idea is written like a short prose poem and all add up to create this marvelous kaleidoscope of a story about two people in love.
It reads as a kind of puzzle, and I guarantee you will fall in love with this couple and want them to stay together. She: wild and crazy and fun. He: stable, down to earth, and pragmatic. They fight and split over an affair? Or do they stay together? IS she an alcoholic? Pregnant? Does he stay or does he go? Please read this and let me know what you think. I guarantee it is an absolutely a breathtaking look at love and a perfectly fascinating relationship especially with the patchwork observations.
Here is one of my many favorites:
It scares me how hard it is to remember life before you. I can't even make the comparisons anymore, because my memories of that time have all the depth of a photograph. It seems foolish to play games of better and worse. It is simply a matter of is and is no longer.
I have been interested for some time in interesting ways to organize thought and writing that are beyond the usual first to last chronology. This is a brilliant example of of a non-linear story. If you read it let me know what you think. Please.