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The Mathematics of Love


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BIRDSONG told the story of the First World War; ATONEMENT described the Second. Now there is THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE.

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Emma Darwin was born in 1964 and brought up in London, Manhattan and Brussels.


Charles Darwin's great-great-granddaughter offers a debut set at Kersey Hall, where tired soldier Stephen Fairhurst had retreated post-Waterloo to pursue spirited Lucy Durward and where, over a century later, teenager Anna Ware discovers his letters to Lucy. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'Fascinating!. If you're in a book club torn between lovers of 19th-century and modern fiction, The Mathematics of Love may be just the thing to square the circle... hauntingly beautiful' -- Washington Post 'This is that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level... an uncommonly good read' -- The Times

This debut novel from Charles Darwin's great-great-granddaughter combines fiction, history and family legacy. Having lost a leg at the Battle of Waterloo, Stephen Fairhurst, ensconced at Kersey Hall, is not surprised that Hetty Greenshaw rejects his marriage proposal. But he is caught off guard when he finds he can share his darkest thoughts with Hetty's independent, artistic sister, Lucy Durward, who is fascinated by early attempts at photography. When Lucy accompanies Hetty and Hetty's new husband to Europe, Stephen escorts them around the battlefield where he once fought. Alternating with Stephen and Lucy's tale is the story of 15-year-old Anna Ware, left at Kersey Hall with her Uncle Ray in 1976 while her mother vacations. Uncle Ray has just shut down Kersey Hall School and taken in Anna's grandmother, a cruel drunk. Anna befriends neighbors Eva and Theo, who introduce her to photography and teach her about love. Darwin describes art, photography and warfare in meticulous detail. A gifted observer and novice storyteller, she loses her narrative way focusing on secondary characters (Stephen's mistress, the neglected boy Cecil), but she finds it in Anna's voice, Stephen's story and her portrait of Lucy. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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