Published by Sceptre on November 3rd 2016
'No one has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.' Zelda Fitzgerald
Love is not a singular concept.
In this collection, seven award-winning authors explore seven concepts of love: from Philautia, self-love, to Agape, love for humanity; and from Storge, a natural affection for family, to Mania, a frenzied, obsessive love.
Seven authors; seven short stories; seven flashes of love.
How Much the Heart Can Hold is a collection of seven short stories, by seven different authors, each exploring a different concept of love. The Hollywood-style, over-the-top romantic love is just one interpretation; the Ancient Greek in particular had many more. And that is what this book is all about; love is not a singular concept. Each chapter is introduced by an explanation of the type of love the short story is based on, from pragma and philautia, to mania, storage and agape. Part of the charm of this collection is seeing how the authors interpret their particular type of love and where they take the story in their exploration.
You can read my full review of How Much the Heart Can Hold here.
If you enjoy short stories, I recommend picking this one up.
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