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“Bermeja was the name given to the eight-mile stretch along Mexico’s Pacific coast halfway between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Surrounded by a thirty-six-thousand-acre nature preserve, Bermeja was referred to as the land where nobody was born and nobody died. Protected by high cliffs and jungles......

Thornton has followed her luscious debut novel, Charleston, with a sophomore work that is just as richly evoked, but with a scope and nuanced intelligence that evokes a contemporary version of the world of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. While a city was a character in......

Exotic locations may add intrigue and a sense of adventure to a novel, but rarely do they also affect the character relationships so fundamentally as in A Theory of Love by Margaret Bradham Thornton. When British journalist Helen Gibbs meets half-French, half-American financier Christopher Delavaux......

Some places are made for romance. In Margaret Bradham Thornton’s A Theory of Love, one of those places is the fictional enclave of Bermeja on Mexico’s rugged Pacific coast, south of Puerto Vallarta. Rich artists and wealthy global moguls gather there in casitas carefully designed to......

A journalist and a financier find it difficult to balance their careers with their relationship. Helen Gibbs, a British journalist, meets half-French, half-American Christopher Delavaux on a secluded beach in Mexico, where she’s writing a profile and he’s on vacation before starting his own investment......

When Helen and Christopher first meet, both recognize something they didn’t know they were missing. Christopher is calm and rational, listening far more than talking and reading others well, but a closed book about his own childhood after his father’s death. Helen is logical in......

When Helen and Christopher first meet, both recognize something they didn’t know they were missing. Christopher is calm and rational, listening far more than talking and reading others well, but a closed book about his own childhood after his father’s death. Helen is logical in......

“The real femme fatale is the city itself, a place where the breeze in the laurel oak sounds ‘like a slow kind of applause…and the citizens speak with ‘dropped r’s that almost sound like English.’…[demonstrating] the lyricism and precision Thornton brings to her description of......

NOTES FROM A BIOGRAPHER Writing a Life November 5, 2014 | by Sam Stephenson On reimagining what a biography can look like.   From Tennessee Williams: Notebooks. Copyright the University of the South; Courtesy Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library In December 2012, I spent......

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