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Classic Tearjerkers

If you need a good cry, re-reading these classic tearjerkers should do the job.

Dickens, Charles
The Old Curiosity Shop
From 1840 a classic tale of villainy versus virtue in the uncaring atmosphere of 1825 London.
Dreiser, Theodore
Sister Carrie
A woman meets her downfall in 1889 Chicago in this classic of realistic fiction.
Hardy, Thomas
Jude the Obscure
Hardy's last novel depicts the horrible fate that befalls the unfortunates who dare to buck the status quo.
Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God
A strong female character has earned this novel the description of feminist literature, but its themes are universal.
Oates, Joyce Carol
We Were the Mulvaneys
The perfect family crumbles after a family member is defiled.
Walker, Alice
The Color Purple
A guaranteed kleenex guzzler, this powerful story holds up to multiple readings.

Updated: June 4, 2009