12 Genuinely Great Books About May-December Romances

There’s a reportedly terrible movie called Adore premieres out imminently — it stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as moms who end up sleeping with each other’s sons. Everyone’s super-hot and the climate is humid, and yet critics say the picture is terrible, too serious and self-regarding. Critics wrote something similar about “The Grandmothers,” the Doris Lessing novella on which the film was based, so this isn’t a case of a bad adaptation. So we can’t even refer you to the book.

But if you’re hankering to read and earn about the ups and downs of dating outside your age bracket, we have some other recommendations. Romantic or dark, here are 12 books that get at the meat of the issue of age disparity in romance. Sometimes: BIG AGE DISPARITIES.