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The Mathematics of Love is a poignant chronicle of two people, separated by centuries, whose lives—amazingly, impossibly—become interwoven in a brilliant tapestry of tragedy, memory, and time. Following alternate but intimately connected stories—of a curious, promiscuous teenager in her season of exile and awakening in the English countryside in 1976, and a nineteenth-century soldier damaged on the fields of Waterloo, struggling to find his way back to life with the help of a compassionate, extraordinary woman—Emma Darwin's breathtaking narrative brilliantly evokes the horrors of war, the pain of loss, the heat of passion, and the enduring power of love.
Emma Darwin studied drama and theatre arts at Birmingham University and then worked in academic publishing before turning to photography and writing. A great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma Wedgwood, Emma now lives in London with her two children. The author of The Mathematics of Love, she is finishing a Ph.D. in creative writing at Goldsmiths College.
“A convincing and involving read. A book to lose yourself in this summer.”
-Daily Mail (London)
“An ambitious beginning, as much a ghost story as a romance.”
“Emma Darwin’s prose is golden and convincing. The book is an addictive, engaging foray into historical fiction.”
“This is that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level...An uncommonly good read...A real achievement.”
“A novel rapturous with the joys of history...Anna’s story is told in a wonderfully convincing, brittle, adolescent voice.”
“The two stories that Darwin tells here add up to something hauntingly beautiful.”
-Washington Post Book World