October 1st, 2016
PLOTS & SUBPLOTS WORKSHOP
A Booklist Top Ten Women’s Fiction Title, 2015.
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“Julia’s emotions, insecurities, and pleasures are laid bare and recall Isadora Wing in Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying (1973). An outstanding first novel.”
“Jessica Levine knows relationships. In THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE, Levine artfully weaves the story of one woman’s desire for passion, art and love and her conflicting needs of comfort, security and stability.”
“THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE is a fine literary debut that weaves psychological wisdom into an entertaining love story.”
Why is it easier for a woman to be a muse than to have one? Are security and inspiration mutually exclusive? Can one be fully creative—in art or life—without the inspiration of erotic love? These are the questions asked in THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE, a literary novel set in New York in the 1980s and Northern California 20 years later, as Julia, a poet with writer’s block, attempts to choose between Ben, a professor at Princeton whom she sees as good husband material, and Michael, a complex and compelling composer who is a catalyzing muse but also a destabilizing influence. Reasoning that Michael is too wounded to make a commitment, Julia turns her triangular situation into a square by setting him up with a cousin. In the process she discovers, as Pascal once said, that the heart has its reasons that reason does not know.
This deeply psychological tale explores the assumptions and fantasies that determine romantic choices as the narrative takes us from one decision in the 1980s to an opportunity to reverse it in the twenty-first century.