Love is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts

Plume, 2009

“But the best stories… Runaway Train by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh and Conversations You Have at Twenty by blogger Maud Newton, depict torturous, brawling and ultimately unhealthy relationships with the wincing comedy and clarity that can only come from having been in the trenches.”


“And just in case dropping tokens in a booth is your thing, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh describes doing exactly that one day as he contemplated leaving his girlfriend. It’s funnier and more awful than it sounds.”

          Paper Cuts

“[The] standout piece is by Said Sayrafiezadeh, a long reminiscence of an affair with a slightly older theater director in downtown New York that’s almost Fitzgeraldian in its details of longing, of the textures of two people coming together, then coming apart from slow disillusion, all of it analyzed with the painful clarity of hindsight.”

         The Palm Beach Post

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