One of this year's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction books is E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY.
In this funny, brainy, thoroughly engaging debut collection, an
award-winning writer looks at romance through the lens of scholarly
theories to illuminate love in the information age.
In ten captivating and tender stories, E. J. Levy takes readers
through the surprisingly erotic terrain of the intellect, offering a
smart and modern take on the age-old theme of love—whether between a man
and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a mother and a
child—drawing readers into tales of passion, adultery, and heartbreak. Incorporating theories from physics to film to philosophy, from Rational Choice to Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class, these stories movingly explore the heart and mind—shooting cupid’s arrow toward a target that may never be reached.
Described by Booklist as "engaging," LOVE, IN THEORY has recently received a lot of positive attention. Some of the review highlights are below.
"[I]indulge with this clever recipe of intelligent romance."--VOX magazine, which also features an interview with Levy
"I love Levy's writing. . . .
She also makes a lot of fabulous observations with a cynicism and
honesty I find quite delightful."--A Reader of Fictions blog
"E.J. Levy’s style is very simple but packs a lot of meaning. Her
stories taught me so much about writing. . . . I was expecting literary romance stories, but
got something different (and possibly better?). Perhaps there is more
universal truth in sadness than in happiness?"--BooksAreTheNewBlack blog
Interested in attending one of E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY events? Check out the many readings that are happening this fall.
October 7, 2012
Location: KGB Bar, New York, NY
Description: Sunday Fiction Series, reading with Nancy Zafris
October 14, 2012
Location: Politics & Prose, Washington, DC
Description: Release reading and party
October 16, 2012
Location: Waters Matters Series, Randall Davey Audubon Center, Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
Description: Sponsored by Amigos Bravos: Friends of the Wild Rivers
October 21, 2012
Location: SOMOS Sunday Salons, Taos, NM
Time: 3:30/4:00pm (tbd)
Description: Readings and conversations
November 9-10, 2012
Location: Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Description: Kenyon Review Literary Festival