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A Theory of Love: A Novel
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A follow-up to her successful debut Charleston and set in the world's most glamorous landscapes, this moving new love story from Margaret Bradham Thornton draws on a metaphor of entanglement theory to ask: when two people collide, are they forever attached no matter where they are?

Helen Gibbs, a British journalist on assignment on the west coast of Mexico, meets Christopher Delavaux, an intriguing half-French, half-American lawyer-turned-financier who has come alone to surf. Living lives that never stop moving, from their first encounter in Bermeja to marriage in London and travels to such places as Saint-Tropez, Tangier, and Santa Clara, Helen and Christopher must decide how much they exist for themselves and how much they exist for each other.

In an effort to build his firm, Christopher leads a life full of speed and ambition with little time for Helen and even less when he suspects his business partner of illegal activity. Helen, a reluctant voyeur to Christopher's world of power and position, searches far and wide for reporting work that will "take a bite out of her soul"—refugees in Calais, a mountain climber in Chamonix, an orphaned circus performer in Cuba. A Theory of Love captures the ambivalence at the center of human experience: does one reside in the familiar comforts of solitude or dare to open one's heart and risk having it broken? Set in some of the most picturesque places in the world, this novel questions what it means to love someone and leaves us wondering—can nothing save us but a fall?

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        Margaret Bradham Thornton is the editor of Tennessee Williams's Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Autobiography/Memoir and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for the best volume of southern literary scholarship, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is a native of Charleston, a graduate of Princeton University, and currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Helen Gibbs, a British journalist on assignment on the west coast of Mexico, meets Christopher Delavaux, an intriguing half-French, half-American lawyer-turned-financier who has come alone to surf. Living lives that never stop moving, from their first encounter in Bermeja to marriage in London and travels to such places as Saint-Tropez, Tangier, and Santa Clara, Helen and Christopher must decide how much they exist for themselves and how much they exist for each other.

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A follow-up to her successful debut Charleston and set in the world's most glamorous landscapes, this moving new love story from Margaret Bradham Thornton draws on a metaphor of entanglement theory to ask: when two people collide, are they forever attached no matter where they are?

Helen Gibbs, a British journalist on assignment on the west coast of Mexico, meets Christopher Delavaux, an intriguing half-French, half-American lawyer-turned-financier who has come alone to surf. Living lives that never stop moving, from their first encounter in Bermeja to marriage in London and travels to such places as Saint-Tropez, Tangier, and Santa Clara, Helen and Christopher must decide how much they exist for themselves and how much they exist for each other.

In an effort to build his firm, Christopher leads a life full of speed and ambition with little time for Helen and even less when he suspects his business partner of illegal activity. Helen, a reluctant voyeur to Christopher's world of power and position, searches far and wide for reporting work that will "take a bite out of her soul"—refugees in Calais, a mountain climber in Chamonix, an orphaned circus performer in Cuba. A Theory of Love captures the ambivalence at the center of human experience: does one reside in the familiar comforts of solitude or dare to open one's heart and risk having it broken? Set in some of the most picturesque places in the world, this novel questions what it means to love someone and leaves us wondering—can nothing save us but a fall?

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      • content: "Richly evoked... with a scope and nuanced intelligence that evokes a contemporary version of the world of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald."
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      • source: Ploughshares
      • content: "Exotic locations may add intrigue and a sense of adventure to a novel, but rarely do they also affect the character relationships so fundamentally as in A Theory of Love... What is most beautiful about is Thornton's ability to make us feel deeply through setting."
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      • source: Coastal Living
      • content: " A Theory of Love sweeps readers off to some of the most beautiful cities in the world—and deep into the complicated romance between a privileged lawyer and a conscientious journalist. One of the best books of the summer."
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      • content: "In a modern love story, a spirited British journalist finds both romance and disappointment in her search for happiness amid the whirl and glitz of the global elite."
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      • content: "Thornton has created an immersive world; the prose has a subtle intensity... A contemplative and absorbing novel with hidden depth."
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      • content: "Thornton writes compellingly of love, self-discovery, and what truly makes a marriage. This introspective read is character driven, with a strong sense of place in Helen and Christopher's varied travels throughout."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "Award-winning author Thornton, who edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks, delivers a gorgeously choreographed love story of thoughtful people whose commitment to each other is endangered by a mix of protective need-to-know sharing and a determination to soldier on through the loneliness of long separations."
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      • source: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest
      • content: "A Theory of Love is a rare find—a tempestuous modern love story with a deeply soulful heart. Lush, evocative and romantic, this story captivated me until the very last page."
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      • source: Ron Carlson, author of Return to Oakpine
      • content: "This terrific novel caught me up immediately...then Margaret Thornton takes us deeper, through the layers of a many-faceted relationship of logic and emotion to the elemental struggle these two have with time and the crushing call of the world. This is a rich and moving novel."
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        A journalist and a financier find it difficult to balance their careers with their relationship.Helen Gibbs, a British journalist, meets half-French, half-American Christopher Delavaux on a secluded beach in Mexico, where she's writing a profile and he's on vacation before starting his own investment firm. Christopher's work will have him based in London, and the two begin a relationship and soon marry. Though besotted with Christopher, Helen often feels out of place during the many dinners they attend with high-society people and other potential clients. Helen and Christoper are immersed in their careers, and though their work allows them to travel both together and individually to fascinating locations such as Saint-Tropez, Milan, and Tangier, they each grapple with the question of what it would mean to be fully present in their marriage, without the shadow of work overhanging. Tension increases when, during one of Christopher's absences, Helen discovers she's pregnant and has a miscarriage and again when Christopher's business partner, Marc, exposes their firm to an extended ethics investigation. Thornton (Charleston, 2014) has created an immersive world; the prose has a subtle intensity, especially as Helen begins to feel more alienated from Christopher and under pressure to find something within her writing to sustain her. At the heart of this novel is an extended meditation on whether it's possible to maintain individuality within a marriage or if an insistence on holding back will ultimately weaken the relationship beyond repair.A contemplative and absorbing novel with hidden depth.

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        A chance meeting at Bermeja, a posh Mexican retreat for the resort-averse, brings together twentysomething British journalist Helen Gibbs and French American lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Christopher Delavaux, who has long family ties to Bermeja. Helen is on assignment and Christopher is about to launch his own investment firm with Marc, his brash partner. Despite the nine-year age gap, they fall in love and eventually marry, convinced they can juggle the demands of globetrotting, long hours, and hobnobbing among the elite, all factors needed to grow the business. The adjustments of any new marriage are aggravated by a simmering unease about Marc's increasingly secretive actions on behalf of the firm, jeopardizing not only Christopher's legal status but also the survival of Helen and Christopher's relationship. VERDICT Award-winning author Thornton, who edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks, delivers a gorgeously choreographed love story of thoughtful people whose commitment to each other is endangered by a mix of protective need-to-know sharing and a determination to soldier on through the loneliness of long separations.--Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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