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AUTHOR PATTI CALLAHAN
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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan with JustRead Publicity Tours! We continue the Becoming Mrs. Lewis celebration on social media starting March 14.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Author: Patti Callahan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2018
From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.”
When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.
In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.
At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patti Callahan (who also writes as Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Her work has also been included in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband.
GUEST POST SHARED BY THE AUTHOR:
TOPIC: What inspired you to write this book? Are you a fan of C.S. Lewis's writings which caused you to seek more insight into his marriage and relationship with Joy Davidman?
We all fall into our own kind of love with C. S. Lewis, and I had fallen into mine at twelve years old when I read The Screwtape Letters and then the Narnian Chronicles. But Lewis, known as Jack, only loved one woman enough to marry, only one woman he called “the whole world (stars, water, air, And field, and forest, as they were reflected in a single mind.” Her name was Joy Davidman.
When she died, he wrote one of the most moving pieces of the twentieth century on grief – A Grief Observed. What kind of love was this? That is what I wanted to know as I began this novel. Who was this woman who so enraptured Lewis that her death nearly destroyed him and his faith? I didn’t want to know just the facts – most of those are disputed anyway as everyone has their own opinion on who she was and how she lived – I wanted to know her story, the narrative, even if I had to write it.
Joy was not interesting merely because C. S. Lewis fell in love with her. Not even close.
Joy was a firecracker of a woman, a brilliant writer, a multi-award winning poet, a novelist, a critic, a protégé of The MacDowell Colony and much more. She was often called a child prodigy. She graduated graduate school at Columbia at nineteen-years-old. She won the Yale Younger Poet’s award for her collection inspired by the Spanish Civil War titled A Comrade in Arms. She was taken on by Brandt and Brandt, a literary agency and then by MacMillan publishing where her first novel, Anya was released. Yet even with this resume, she lived in an age when women were often silenced and shamed for stepping outside the family for professional or personal satisfaction.
Jack and Joy’s Eros-story led to some of C. S. Lewis’s greatest works on love, grief, the true self behind the veil, and of course faith, yet Joy is rarely acknowledged for the muse, editor, best friend and beloved wife she was to this revered author. Joy loved Jack fiercely, unabashedly and without reservation, as he did her.
With intense curiosity, I began to read Joy’s work. Her poetry, essays, books and letters flamed with talent, pain and insight. Her words a force of beautiful prose that many tried to squelch and inhibit.
Joy often seemed not to care what others thought of her – but I did. Therefore, I began a novel in what I call “the key of empathy” – I wrote her story from her instead of about her. I wanted all the world to know this enchanting, brilliant woman.
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