The Best Narratively Love Stories, So Far…

1. The Woman Who Married a Mannequin

By Suzanne Heintz

Having no luck in love? You’re certainly not the only one. But this hapless single lady came up with a most radical — or perhaps practical? — solution to end her spinsterhood.

2. Guys and Plastic Dolls

By Jonathan Alpeyrie

Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie
Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie

Not to be outdone by Miss Heintz, these men have done some shopping of their own, finding lasting companionship in mail-ordered, custom-molded masses of silicon.

3. The Ex Next Door

By E.G. Funke

Illustration by Sara Drake
Illustration by Sara Drake

A true tale of serendipity, just when this woman thought her ex-husband was gone for good, he unwittingly moves in right next door — to her and her new husband.

4. Sunnyside’s Setup Artist

By Susan M. Lee

Photo by Alison Brockhouse
Photo by Alison Brockhouse

If you need a date for Sunday you might want to make your way to a special Burger King in Queens for a quick visit with the most unlikely — but successful — of matchmakers.

5. Saying I Do, and Saying Farewell

By Niva Dorell Smith

Illustration by Sophie Goldstein
Illustration by Sophie Goldstein

In a tragic twist of fate, just days after this self-described “neurotic, struggling filmmaker” said her vows, the love of her life was gone forever.

6. I Took the Leap Into Marriage — And Landed in the Shallow End

By Michael Estrin

Illustration by Dale Crosby Close
Illustration by Dale Crosby Close

They say “love hurts” and this contributor can actually tell you the precise amount of pain it can cause.

7. An Ode to Beautiful Brown Sludge

By Lilly O’Donnell

Illustration by Julie Delporte
Illustration by Julie Delporte

They also say “great things come in small packages” and that “love is found in the most unexpected places.” One of our features editors concurs with both of those statements in her love letter to coffee.

8. A Modern Gay Love Story

By Katherine Myers

Photo by Rey Lopez
Photo by Rey Lopez

Being in a long-term relationship brings its fair share of challenges, but this couple had to travel great lengths — quite literally — to finally find some peace of mind.

9. Bob and Evelyn’s Seven-Decade Dance

By Rebecca Koenig

Illustration by Molly Carlisle
Illustration by Molly Carlisle

When the events of a most infamous day in American history upend their lives, this dynamic duo had to wait quite a while for the calm and comfort of traditional romance.

10. The Day My Therapist Dared Me to Have Sex With Her

By Michael Stahl

Illustration by Casey Roonan
Illustration by Casey Roonan

For weeks this anxious psychotherapy patient pined for his super-attractive therapist — and then got the unexpected chance of a lifetime with her.