The idea for this novel began decades before I became a writer. In hindsight, it all started when I was young and I fell into my own kind of love with Lewis and read The Screwtape Letters, years before I knew what the words satire or allegory meant. Then, of course, I fell through the wardrobe into Narnia. I read Lewis’ other works later in life with as much abandon and fascination. When I read A Grief Observed and felt Lewis’ palpable pain in losing the great love of his life, I wanted to know more about the woman he loved so fiercely.
Who was this poet and novelist who had lived a world away from Lewis both culturally and literally, and yet fallen in love with him and he with her? I set off to research Joy in both her writings and in travel to the Wade Center, where
her papers are kept alongside C. S. Lewis’, and then onto London and Oxford. I immersed myself in her fascinating, heartbreaking and beautiful world.
I discovered, as you will also, that Joy isn’t interesting merely because C. S. Lewis fell in love with her. Not even close. Come meet Joy and travel with her on this courageous journey from New York to London, onto Oxford, and into the enclaves of Oxford University and C. S. Lewis’ heart.
This novel will be in stores on October 2nd; it’s available for pre-order now.
I am humbled and
thrilled that Paula McLain, the bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin (coming May 1st), had this to say about it:
"Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this true tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis."—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
Over the next months, newsletter readers will get the first look at news about the novel, including videos, extra content and contests! Read on to learn more, including the very first video telling you a little about what we have in store. Enjoy.
Video: Patti Talks About Joy Davidman
Who was C. S. Lewis’ wife, Joy Davidman? Watch this video to learn more about the fiery woman who inspired Becoming Mrs. Lewis.