Love, in Theory by E. J. Levy
Ten Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction)

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WINNER of the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award

WINNER of a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award

NAMED a Best Indie Book of 2013 by KIRKUS
FINALIST for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

FINALIST for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction

WINNER of the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction

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. A disheartened English professor's life changes when she goes rock climbing and falls for an outdoorsman. A gay oncologist attending his sister's second wedding ponders dark matter in the universe and the ties that bind us. Three psychiatric patients, each convinced that he is Christ, give rise to a love affair in a small Minnesota town. A Brooklyn woman is thrown out of an ashram for choosing earthly love over enlightenment. A lesbian student of film learns theories of dramatic action the hard way--by falling for a married male professor. 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.

About E. J. Levy

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E. J. Levy's fiction and essays have appeared in the Paris Review, the Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, the New York Times, and Best American Essays and have received a Pushcart Prize and Nelson Algren Award, among other honors. She is the editor of Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, which won the Lambda Literary Award. This is her first book of fiction.
Published September 20, 2012 by University of Georgia Press. 224 pages
Genres: Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Levy’s (Amazons: A Love Story, 2012) 10 lyrical gems, disparate characters struggle without someone to love, and some are paralyzed and shocked by the loss of affection.

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A master of his form, Levy gradually reveals the consonance in his stories until it becomes clear that the abandonment Renee feels when her lover leaves her for an ashram in "Theory of Enlightenment" is replicated in "Theory of Transportation," in which the narrator's lover leaves to become a mon...

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An exotic South American city, the soul and sensuality of Brazilian culture, an undying devotion to saving the rainforest—this novel’s pages are heavy with romance, written with the vivid urgency of a 20-something in the midst of finding herself.

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“Theory of Dramatic Action,” for instance, introduces a 2nd-person narrator to tell of a lesbian film studies student contemplating an affair with her married—and male—classics professor, while “Theory of the Leisure Class” divides the story into discrete sections, each taking its title from one ...

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