These ten stories take us across the country—from rural Pennsylvania to Southern California to suburban Connecticut—and deep into characters struggling to find meaning in their day-to-day lives. A young man reconstructs the memory of a friend’s deadly fall. A childless couple, craving the affection of an exchange student, fails to set the boundaries that would keep him safe. And in the title story, a college student looking for her soul mate confronts an impossible choice.
The Theory of Light and Matter is a stunningly astute vision of contemporary American suburbia, full of tension, heartbreak, and emotional complexity—the work of an important new voice.