Theory of Expanded Love

Fiction - Womens
362 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2015
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Author Biography

Caitlin Hicks is an author, playwright, and internationally acclaimed performer. Monologues from several of her plays were featured in Smith & Kraus’ series Best Women’s Stage Monologues (New York). She wrote the play, later adapted for the screen, Singing the Bones, which debuted at the Montreal World Film Festival to stellar reviews and has screened around the world. While A Theory of Expanded Love is her debut novel, she has also published several short stories, including That Rescue Feeling, which was shortlisted for the John Spencer Hill Fiction Award. She worked as a writer for CBS and NBC radio and has performed her fiction and non-fiction for CBC national radio. In print, her writing has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Vancouver Sun, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Fiddlehead Magazine, Knight Literary Journal and other publications. Hicks is a former member of Playwrights Guild of Canada and a current member of The Writer’s Union of Canada and Federation of B.C. Writers. Hicks was raised in a large, Catholic family in Pasadena, California; she is a Canadian citizen and currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

I just finished reading Theory of Expanded Love by author Caitlin Hicks and I have to say, I absolutely loved this book. Follow the story of spunky, 12-year-old Annie Shea, one of thirteen children in a very traditional Catholic family in 1963. Pope John has just died and President Kennedy has been assassinated, and life in the Shea family is about to change as well. When Annie's sister gets pregnant out of wedlock and her parents are willing to do just about anything to protect their reputation as a "good Catholic family," Annie realizes that it might be up to her make things right for her sister and her family, but to do that, she has to challenge everything she's ever known.

As I said earlier, I simply loved this book. Loved it. Caitlin Hicks has done an absolutely masterful job at creating a book that is funny, fun, heartwarming, and just an absolute joy to read. I read Theory of Expanded Love straight through from beginning to end without a single break. I just could not put it down. But I was sad when it was done. The characters, and especially young Annie Shea, are written so realistically that by the end of the reading, I truly felt that I knew them, and I was so very sad to say goodbye. Theory of Expanded Love is a book that would appeal to any reader. Period. Any reader who loves great writing should read this book. This is the first book that I've read by author Caitlin Hicks, but it certainly won't be the last. I am eagerly awaiting the next book by this extremely promising author, and I hope she's hard at work on it already!