Monday, July 9, 2018

"A Theory Of Love"

Margaret Bradham Thornton is the author of the novels A Theory Of Love and Charleston and the editor of Tennessee Williams’s Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in autobiography/memoir and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for the best volume of southern literary scholarship published in 2006, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.

She applied the Page 69 Test to A Theory Of Love and reported the following:
Page 69. This is the moment when Christopher and Helen’s relationship shifts. Helen has dislodged him from his emotional reticence and his devotion to sprezzatura. My character Christopher emerged from research I was doing on Cuba. I came across a memoir of a man who had been orphaned as a two year-old and taken into a circus when he was seven. His memoir detailed all the places he had traveled in the US and Cuba during the 1800s, and his account was surprisingly flat and unemotional, and it made me wonder about what could be expected from someone who had never been loved or who had had love withheld. So even though my novel’s setting is contemporary, I thought this question could be explored through Christopher whose father died in a skiing accident when he was small and whose mother was emotionally distant. On page 69, Christopher surprises himself when he asks Helen to marry him. One of the questions going forward now and for the rest of the novel is whether or how Christopher shifts or changes once he and Helen are married.
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