"When the Monotones posed the musical questions '(Who Wrote) The Book of Love?' in 1958 they did not have Angela Carter in mind; her third novel, Love, came out in 1971. But even if they had beenable to look into the future they probably would not have chosen her to be Love's author. Carter's vision of love is bohemian and bleak and fundamentally incompatible with doo-wop. Her Love leaves out all the gentle beguiling aspects of the thing in favor of a love that is guilty, mad, perverse, sort of incestuous and dangerous to those who stray within reach of its claws."
Love is Angela Carter's fifth novel and was first published in 1971. With surgical precision it charts the destructive emotional war between a young woman, her husband and his disruptive brother as they move through a labyrinth of betrayal, alienation and lost connections. This revised edition has lost none of Angela Carter's haunting power to evoke the ebb of the 1960s, and includes an afterword which describes the progress of the survivors into the anguish of middle age.