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.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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