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Principles of Emotion

Sara Read

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"

Book Details

  • Publisher: Graydon House
  • Publish Date: Jan 9th, 2024
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Edition: Original -
  • Dimensions: 8.00in - 5.20in - 1.00in - 0.50lb
  • EAN: 9781525836657
  • Categories: FeministRomance - ContemporaryFamily Life - General

About the Author

Read, Sara: - SARA READ is co-founder of #momswritersclub. Originally from Washington, DC, she tried the nine-to-five life for about a nanosecond before moving to rural Virginia to become a flute-maker's apprentice. A cancer survivor herself, Sara now has the distinct privilege of caring for cancer patients as a nurse. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two teens, a terrier, and three snarky cats.

Praise for this book


"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