An Extraordinary Theory of Objects

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An Extraordinary Theory of Objects

A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris

By Stephanie Lacava

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061963926, 205pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013


A haunting and moving collection of original narratives that reveals an expatriate's coming-of-age in Paris and the magic she finds in ordinary objects

W hen Stephanie LaCava's father transports her and her family to the quaint Parisian suburb of Le Vesinet, everything changes for the young American. Stephanie sets out to explore her new surroundings and make friends at her unconventional international school, but her curiosity soon gives way to feelings of anxiety and a deep depression.

In her darkest moments, Stephanie learns to filter the world through her peculiar lens, discovering the uncommon, uncelebrated beauty in what she finds. Encouraged by her father through trips to museums and scavenger hunts at antiques shows, she traces an interconnected web of narratives about outsider figures and of objects historical and natural that ultimately helps her survive.A series of illustrated essays that unfolds in cinematic fashion, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects offers a universal lesson to harness the power of creativity to cope with loneliness, sadness, and disappointment and find wonder in the uncertainty of the future.