Love, in Theory: Ten Stories


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University of Georgia Press
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6.42 X 0.53 X 8.05 inches | 0.68 pounds
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About the Author

E. J. LEVY s work has appeared in the "Paris Review," the "Missouri Review," "Gettysburg Review," the "New York Times," and "Best American Essays" and has received a Pushcart Prize and Nelson Algren Finalist Award among other honors. She is also the author of the memoir "Amazons: A Love Story" and editor of "Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers," which won the Lambda Literary Award. Levy teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University."


A brilliant debut . . . Sad, funny, and always wise, Levy's stories reveal truths about how we love and lose, trust and betray, with an intelligence that takes my breath away. I'll be returning to these wonderful stories again and again.

--Cheryl Strayed "author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail "

This debut collection . . . is wholly beguiling and authoritative, an instruction from first page to last. E. J. Levy has a noticing eye, an epigrammatic way of describing the world, and what she looks at is both freshly seen and shown. Love, in Theory is a practical manual for beginners at and adepts of love, for young and old, for the unrequited and faithful and faithless--which is to say, for us all.

--Nicholas Delbanco "author of Lastingness: The Art of Old Age "

Selfishness has never been sent up as mordantly as it is in E. J. Levy's debut collection of stories.

--Andrew Holleran "author of Grief "

E.J. Levy's stories brilliantly and winningly reveal the human heart as it strives to measure its own beating through love. Love, in Theory is a collection richly worthy of Flannery O'Connor's name.

--Robert Olen Butler "author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain "

[I]ndulge with this clever recipe of intelligent romance.

--Sarah Barr "VOX magazine "

Levy's artful debut story collection finds varied characters--young and old, male and female--confronting the ornery manifestations and delusions of modern love. . . . Levy's ten engaging stories speak to the sorcery of the heart.

--Leah Strauss "Booklist "

In all the stories in Love, In Theory, you can see Levy's careful writing. There is rarely a word out of place, and each story offers a new meditation, if you will, on the nautre of love without giving in to cliché. This is a smart, smart book.

--Roxanne Gay "I Have Become Accustomed to Rejection blog "

A master of [her] form. . . . Levy is skilled at bringing [her] characters to life, each story searingly made real through [her] subtlety and fastidious attention to detail.

--Publishers Weekly