- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Parvati Press (January 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984672621
- ISBN-13: 978-0984672622
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,786,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Love of My (Other) Life Paperback – January 17, 2013
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What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate? Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career. When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal. Then he informs her that in his world, they're married. Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold. The secret to her own life was always in her heart. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia, where she taught freshman composition. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel Immortal [Bantam Dell], which is currently in film pre-production and reached bestseller status in Italy, Russia, and Brazil. Also the author of novels The Botticelli Affair, Fallen, and Cold Light, Slatton has published The Art of Life, a photo essay about figurative sculpture; Dancing in the Tabernacle, a book of poetry; and Piercing Time & Space, a non-fiction title on science and spirituality. Her forthcoming novel, The Mission, is a meaty historical saga set during World War II.
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When we meet Tessa Barnum, she's a bit down on her luck. She's about to be evicted, she's been divorced for three years and she's a starving artist...literally. She's hasn't painted in three years, couldn't get a gallery showing anyway so she spends her days working with the elderly at her church for minimal to no pay.
Brian Tennyson is a brilliant physicist who earned his PhD at 17 from MIT. He's now teaching calculus at Yale, where he's an assistant professor, and a baseball player, when he meets a lovely student named Tessa Barnum --- in his world. In his world, Tessa plays cello and ends up falling madly in love with him. They marry and have a great life...in this alternate universe.
But something happens in Brian's universe that influences his decision to test his decoherence device on himself and travel to a parallel universe - the one where Tessa's an artist divorced from her college beau.
The trick is getting Tessa to believe he is actually who he says he is - not some nut job spouting off physics jokes and making Star Trek references. This is easier said than done - especially since it involved decoherence theory and quantum chromodynamics. But Brian is brilliant, and hey, Tessa made some bad decisions but she's pretty smart too! So does Brian accomplish his goal? And will Tessa ever let go of the past and move forward?
Well, you'll have to read the book, silly!
I absolutely enjoyed The Love of My (Other) Life. I felt as though the author was trying to convey the message that we should make our choices and if they end up being mistakes, let them go and keep moving forward. Of course, that message could have been meant for the other me in a parallel universe! :) I'm completely fascinated with the idea of a multiverse. (This sparked quite a bit of conversation with my son, an aspiring physicist!) I was also drawn to the characters, with their delightful personalities. I liked the banter between Brian and Tessa, as well as their inner dialog, particularly on Tessa's part. Ms. Slatton has written an innovative story that's also very witty. Despite the science and art references that flew right over my head, the unique story and appealing characters all combined for a lovely read.
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So here is my synopsis: Brian Tennyson is a physicist who works at Yale who has an interesting secret. He has discovered a way to travel to parallel worlds. Well, more like parallel realities. In one reality he is married to Tessa. In an alternate reality Tessa is divorced, getting evicted, and generally down on her luck. It is in this universe that Brian decides to court his could be wife.
“The Love of My (Other) Life” is quite the interesting read that bounces between the different realities. Slightly weird at first but after a while it was fun to see the different versions of the same characters. Even though it is more of a romcom than a science fiction tale I would still love to read more novel in this universe. Overall it was a fun read and I have to mention that I love down on her luck Tessa way better than married Tessa. My only gripe with the novel would have to be with the cover. It has been said multiple times before across every review that I have seen on amazon but to be far it is an odd choice. From the picture alone I thought that it I was getting into a whole other adventure, :).
I am in love with this book. It is an elegant piece of work about acceptance and taking charge of one's life. There is humor, romance, and a dash of science fiction. Each aspect is balanced beautifully to a point where you are left with an exquisite piece. I'm serious, I think this book is art.
I could relate completely with Tessa. She's is compassionate and passionate. She wants more for other people to the point that she ignores her own needs. It isn't until kooky and lovable Dr. Brian Tennyson appears in her life, as a hobo no less, that her world is twisted and formed.
It's a book about rediscovery. Rediscovering yourself after a great loss. Rediscovering yourself after constant mistakes. It's a book about taking smart chances. It's inspirational. I feel inspired to write more and become the person I've always dreamed of.
Traci L. Slatton is an author worthy of collecting in your bookshelf or kindle. The writing is smooth, simple, and beautiful. The story is inspirational. If you haven't read her, do it. NOW.
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