Books for Fans of The Affair


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Showtime’s riveting drama ‘The Affair‘ is more like a novel than a television series: Each episode unfolds like a chapter, complete with unreliable narrators. In season 1, it was the eponymous cheaters Noah Solloway and Alison Bailey; season 2 also tapped into the contradicting narratives of their respective spouses. While no one book in this list will embody all of the show’s influences, these titles touch upon love, sex, and affairs; the tension between locals and vacationers on Long Island; scandals in the publishing world and the power of words; and, of course, lots of murder.


Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.

Image credit: Lee Alves




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About Natalie Zutter

Natalie Zutter

NATALIE ZUTTER has always been a voracious reader, from reading Agatha Christie and Entertainment Weekly above her age level as a kid to squeezing 52 books into the year whenever podcasts aren’t taking over her commute. A 2016 Amtrak Residency writer, Natalie also writes plays about superheroes and sex robots, and Tumblr rants about fandom. You can find her giggling over pop culture memes on Twitter @nataliezutter.