Principles of Emotion

by Sara Read

On Sale: 01/09/2024

Principles of Emotion

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Principles of Emotion

by Sara Read

On Sale: 01/09/2024


About the Book

A smart, poignant novel perfect for fans of Lessons in Chemistry
“An incredible STEMinist read.”—The Honey Pop

Mathematical genius Dr. Meg Brightwood has just completed her life’s work—a proof of a problem so impenetrable it’s nicknamed the Impossible Theorem. Reclusive and burdened by anxiety, Meg has long since been dismissed by academia. Now everyone wants to get their hands on what she alone possesses—especially her own mathematician father.

Having grown up a prodigy in a field plagued by sexism and plagiarism, Meg opts for a public presentation so there will be no doubt of her authorship. But a panic attack obliterates her plans. In defeat, she goes home and locks away the only manuscript of her proof.

Then chance sends her the unlikeliest of allies: Isaac Wells—carpenter, high school dropout, in trouble with the law. And the one love of Meg’s life. Fifteen years ago, they did little more than hold hands. Now, they find a tenuous space where they can love and be loved for who they are as adults.

But when Meg goes to retrieve her proof, she finds it missing. Her fight for the achievement of the century will test the limits of her brilliance and the endurance of two vulnerable hearts.

Beguiling.”—Publishers Weekly
Poignant and compelling… A delightfully mathematical take on the opposites-attract paradigm.”—Kirkus
Lessons in Chemistry meets advanced mathematics in Sara Read’s heartwarming, STEMinist novel.”
The Nerd Daily, “Swoonworthy 2024 Romance Book Releases You Need”

Critical Praise

Praise for Sara Read's PRINCIPLES OF EMOTION

An incredible STEMinist read.”—The Honey Pop

“Give this to readers who like seemingly light relationship fiction that packs a deceptive, satisfying emotional punch.”—Booklist (STARRED review)

“Poignant and compelling…Tackling issues of mental health, self-doubt, and second chances, this romantic story about the connection between a grand theoretical thinker and a carpenter is entirely compelling. A delightfully mathematical take on the opposites-attract paradigm.”—Kirkus

“Beguiling… Read’s skillful character building makes Meg and Isaac’s connection feel plausible as both take risks to ensure the other’s safety and happiness. This well-matched couple is sure to charm.”—Publishers Weekly


"Debut novelist Read has created a thoroughly sympathetic character in this witty, quick, and emotionally turbulent tale that will have readers cheering for Johanna well after the last page."—Booklist

“Laugh out loud funny and poignant, this gem of a debut novel has it all, a messy soccer mom on the run, an art heist, dubious choices, and a heartwarming love story. I loved it! Sara Read is a writer to watch.”—LORI FOSTER, New York Times bestselling author

"Sara Read's prose is agile and evocative in this nuanced exploration of human imperfection, reminding us how sometimes the transformation we seek can only happen when we get out of our own way. Vivid, visceral, and sexy—I loved it.”—JEN DEVON, author of Bend Toward the Sun -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781525836657
  • ISBN 10: 152583665X
  • Imprint: Graydon House
  • On Sale: 01/09/2024
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Feminist
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Contemporary Women

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