The Mathematics of Love (Paperback)

By Emma Darwin

Harper Perennial, 9780061140273, 406pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 2008



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.

Praise For The Mathematics of Love

“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.”
-The Observer

“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.”
-London Times

“A novel rapturous with the joys of history...Anna’s story is told in a wonderfully convincing, brittle, adolescent voice.”
-The Australian

“The two stories that Darwin tells here add up to something hauntingly beautiful.”
-Washington Post Book World