Books Without Romance

This week Electric Literature posted on the need for fiction that is in no way related to romance. I got to thinking–had I ever read fiction any without romance? The essay delves deeper than I want to go, so I’m just staying on the surface level with this. What fiction have I read that has no [remembered] romantic elements–no love, no dating, no ….well, anything that is related to romance. No fair using children’s fiction and no YA.

Feel free to comment with other titles or to correct my faulty memory on the titles posted here.




We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

But his parents are married….







Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

I don’t remember it well enough to say there was nothing of romance….







The Long Walk by Richard Bachman [Stephen King]

Maybe the whole point was romance?







The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

I read this in 1980 and that was a long, long time ago. Maybe it is romantic because they are trying to form a new empire?




Can you add any titles to this list?

Want to correct my assumption on any of these?

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