An Extraordinary Theory of Objects

“You can’t have these preconceived ideas in your mind about how life should be. Don’t think so much. Do things you enjoy with people you love. Everything is always changing. What you can’t control frustrates the hell out of you, no?” His mustache lifted as he asked the question. “But I also love this about you. It makes you special. So, tell me what you’re feeling.” (p. 104)

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LeCava is a deeply personal account of an American girl suddenly thrust into French life as a child. Without a way to fit in, or many friends, Stephanie found solace in objects which she added to her small collections. While reading the book, we find beautiful drawings of each object she loved, with a footnote describing its importance.
Behold an example below:


This illustration of a sailboat reminds me of my own brother as a child, when he pushed a toy sailboat across the pond in the Luxembourg Gardens with a stick one summer.
It is remarkable, in fact, the similarities I found between Stephanie’s life and my own. Like her, I was a quiet child, who often preferred books and being alone to the company of others. I did not suffer from the depression which plagued Stephanie, nor was I the gamine that she clearly continues to be:


But her story resonates with me, and strikes a chord with my own life. For which of us bibliophiles does not often turn to the company of a book, or the comforting object within our reading spaces?


Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. Find other reviews here.