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The Best Books About Adultery 

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List of best books about adultery, including jacket cover images when available. All these popular books on cheating are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched adultery bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books - fiction or non-fiction - about cheating and adultery. If you're looking for a list of top books on adultery then you're in the right place.

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James Patterson and Anton Chekhov are among the authors who have written books about Adultery in their lifetime.

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Peyton Amberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Tama Janowitz

Subjects: Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Leo Tolstoy

First Published: 1877

Subjects: Music, Upper class, Literature, Russia, Adultery

Genres (Book): Literary realism, Novel

Original Language: Russian Language

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov ...more

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#66 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read #8 of 169 Books You'll Never Finish Reading #100 of 314 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

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Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Gustave Flaubert

First Published: 1856

Subjects: Popular literature, Literary, Literature, France, Classics, + more

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Literary realism, Modernism, Fiction, Novel

Original Language: French Language

Madame Bovary is the French writer Gustave Flaubert's debut novel. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the ...more
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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Nathaniel Hawthorne

First Published: 1850

Subjects: Monarch, Popular literature, Literary, Revenge, New England, + more

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Children's literature, Romanticism, Fiction, Novel, + more

Original Language: English Language

The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, ...more

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#32 of 184 The Greatest American Novels #8 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read #24 of 314 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

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Season of Betrayal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Margaret Lowrie Robertson

First Published: 2007-03-09

Subjects: Beirut, 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

Season of Betrayal is a book by Margaret Lowrie Robertson.
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Couples is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
John Updike

First Published: 1968

Subjects: Adultery

Couples is a 1968 novel by American author John Updike.
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The little women is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Katharine Weber

Subjects: Literary, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

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The Quickie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
James Patterson

Subjects: Murder, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

This James Patterson Bibliography contains the list of books written and published by James Patterson. The list below are arranged by publication dates from the earliest to the latest/upcoming ...more
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Jude the Obscure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Thomas Hardy

First Published: 1895

Subjects: Popular literature, Death, Adultery

Genres (Book): Tragedy

Original Language: English Language

Jude the Obscure is a novel by Thomas Hardy, which began as a magazine serial in December 1894 and was first published in book form in 1895. It is Hardy's last completed novel. Its protagonist, ...more
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Marrying the mistress is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Joanna Trollope

Subjects: Adultery

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Shipwreck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Louis Begley

Subjects: Adultery

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Genevieve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Eric Jerome Dickey

Subjects: Adultery

Genevieve is a novel by Eric Jerome Dickey.
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Me and the fat man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Julie Myerson

Subjects: England, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

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Eating cake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Stella Duffy

Subjects: Adultery

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Life Force is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Fay Weldon

Subjects: Adultery

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction

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Bornholm Night-ferry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Aidan Higgins

Subjects: Literary, Adultery

Genres (Book): Biography, Fiction

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John Thomas and Lady Jan... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
D. H. Lawrence

Subjects: England, Adultery

John Thomas and Lady Jane is a novel written by D. H. Lawrence, and published in 1927. The novel is an alternative version of the story that was told in the once controversial novel Lady ...more
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Moth Smoke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Mohsin Hamid

First Published: 2000

Subjects: Literary, Pakistan, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

Moth Smoke is a novel written by Mohsin Hamid, published in 2000. It tells the story of Darashikoh Shezad, a banker in Lahore, Pakistan, who loses his job, falls in love with his best friend's ...more
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The Great Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Kate Christensen

First Published: 2007

Subjects: Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

The Great Man: A Novel is a 2007 novel by American author Kate Christensen. It won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, beating nearly 350 other submissions and earning Christensen the ...more
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Wifey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Judy Blume

First Published: 1978

Subjects: Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

Wifey is a 1978 American novel by Judy Blume.
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Lying is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Wendy Perriam

Subjects: Literary, Espionage, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

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A Child's Book of True C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Chloe Hooper

First Published: 2002

Subjects: Murder, Tasmania, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

A Child's Book of True Crime is a book by Chloe Hooper.
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The Photograph is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Penelope Lively

Subjects: England, Adultery

Genres (Book): Fiction

Original Language: English Language

2003 novel by Penelope Lively.
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Temptation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Dermot Bolger

Subjects: Ireland, Adultery

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Strangers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About Adultery
Rosie Thomas

Subjects: Adultery

Genres (Book): Romance novel