My editors haven’t settled on back-cover copy yet, so I’ll say my own bit about it for now. Tears in the Garden is not a satirical work like The Madness of Lone Coyote. It is a philosophical one – which is to say, deeply human and introspective. The theme is Love, with a capital “L.” It is the type of love described in Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13:4-7):
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
It seems to me there is no more powerful definition of love than this statement. Not just love in all its forms, but this love as the deepest form, because it is the bedrock of the I/You dynamic, that part which does not change – if it is there between you – despite the way daily life can too often pull the two of you about, as likely as not obscuring this foundational love.
So I wanted to know if this type of love – a love I believe exists – if this type of love could save a marriage if that marriage were teetering on the precipice of divorce.
Obviously I cannot give away the ending, so you’ll have to content yourself with knowing that Marc and Celine, who have three small children and live in a house in the woods, are in serious marital trouble, and frustrated, miserable, full of blame for each other, they’ve decided to get a divorce. The story heats up from there.
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