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Following the global success of Love Story, Erich Segal went on to write seven other romantic best sellers, and a charming and humorous children’s book.

Oliver’s Story (1977)

Oliver Barrett IV found his true soulmate when he met and fell in love with Jenny Cavilleri. Their love was magical, exhilarating…though heartbreakingly brief, it was enough to last a lifetime. Or so Oliver told himself.

Oliver’s Story in Erich Segal’s own words

“I think it’s a much sadder book than the first…It’s the story of a boy coming to grips with a love that’s died. How do you go about getting back into life? How do you ask somebody out on a date after eight years?”

Quotes from Oliver’s Story

  • "The explanations for the things we do in life are many and complex. Supposedly mature adults should live by logic, listen to their reason. Think things out before they act. But maybe they never heard what Dr. London told me once. Long after everything was over. Freud once said that for the little things in life we should, of course, react according to our reason. But for really big decisions, we should heed what our unconscious tells us."

  • “I’m still in shape. I jog along the Charles each evening. If I go five miles, I get to glimpse the lights of Harvard just across the river. And see all the places I had walked when I was happy. I run back in the darkness, reminiscing just to pass the time.”

  • “In the bottom drawer of the desk at home are Jenny’s glasses. Yes. Both pairs of Jenny’s glasses. Because a glance at them reminds me of the lovely eyes that looked through them to look through me.”

"The explanations for the things we do in life are many and complex. Supposedly mature adults should live by logic, listen to their reason. Think things out before they act. But maybe they never heard what Dr. London told me once. Long after everything was over. Freud once said that for the little things in life we should, of course, react according to our reason. But for really big decisions, we should heed what our unconscious tells us."

“I’m still in shape. I jog along the Charles each evening. If I go five miles, I get to glimpse the lights of Harvard just across the river. And see all the places I had walked when I was happy. I run back in the darkness, reminiscing just to pass the time.”

“In the bottom drawer of the desk at home are Jenny’s glasses. Yes. Both pairs of Jenny’s glasses. Because a glance at them reminds me of the lovely eyes that looked through them to look through me.”

Reviews of Oliver’s Story

'Erich Segal has done it again. Mystery, sexual excitement and antagonism in the right mixture work their spell.'

St. Louis Globe

'A very pleasurable and believable sequel to Love Story that every reader of the first book and every viewer of the film will enjoy.'

Publisher’s Weekly

'Reading Oliver’s Story, you’ll forget everything else until you’ve finished the last page. What a rare storyteller.'

Detroit News

'An expertly crafted novel that will delight the vast audience that enjoyed its predecessor.'

Cosmpolitan