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Love Maps


Violence and loss shatter Sarah Marker’s domestic life, causing her to reexamine the roots of creativity and art in New York City.

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What people are saying…

“Powerfully written . . . . Factor reveals this arresting tale through solid character development and a well-paced narrative. From its tense opening chapter to its memorable conclusion, this is a read-in-one-sitting trip.”
Publishers Weekly

“Compelling . . . a poignant picture of familial and romantic love and their complexities.”
Library Journal

One of The L Magazine‘s 50 Books You’ll Want to Read This Spring and Summer

“Memorable and touching . . . a commendable achievement that captures the interrelation of fear and love in the unbalanced reality of modern adulthood.”
San Francisco Book Review

“Entertaining and suspenseful.”
Coal Hill Review

“A quick and absorbing read that deals with love, relationships, and art and I highly recommend this brief yet intense novel.”
The Book Binder’s Daughter

“[Factor] creates vibrant characters who struggle against love.”
A New Day

“Who can plot the turns and reversals of the heart? Who can follow its illogical loyalties and mysterious obsessions? Who can reconcile its competing claims from lovers and family? Eliza Factor, that’s who, in this stunningly assured novel about a pair of sisters—one a successful artist, the other a famous singer—and the handsome architect who comes between them. The cover should come with a warning to put your life on hold for a few days, because once you pick it up, you won’t be able to do anything else until you finish.”
—Bliss Broyard, author of One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life—A Story of Race and Family Secrets

“Eliza Factor’s second novel is a beautiful and uplifting journey through the New York art scene of the 1980s, as lived by one true artist. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a character more fully and honestly revealed across the pages of a book than Sarah Marker. A stunning and original exploration of family, romantic love, and the possibility of healing.”
—Joseph Weisberg, creator/executive producer of The Americans (FX Network)

“By turns lyrical and flinty, searching and suspenseful, Love Maps is animated by the strivings and travails of characters who seek (and find) the real and the true, the territory instead of the map.”
—Thad Ziolkowski, author of Wichita

“Eliza Factor’s Love Maps is a delight, and I read it with mounting pleasure and admiration. It feels strange to think of Love Maps as a pleasure—this is, after all, a book that captures in technicolor detail the pain and vulnerability that come with just about every variety of human relationship. But prose this witty and psychologically deft, and structures this intricate and heartbreaking, don’t come around often.”
—Ben Dolnick, author of At the Bottom of Everything

“The tone and tension in Love Maps is expertly drawn. Between sisters and lovers, artists and architects, mothers and sons, and—of all things—people and ashes, Eliza Factor has managed to tell the truest kind of story: about the inconvenience of love, and the choices people make when they’re most afraid.”
—Amanda Stern, author of The Long Haul

Praise for The Mercury Fountain:

“Eliza Factor’s first novel, The Mercury Fountain, explores what happens when a life driven by ideology confronts implacable truths of science and human nature . . . Factor counters convention with a sharp sense of character, evocative subplots, and the dangerous allure of mercury itself.”
New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)


The love in Love Maps is not the kind associated with domestic bliss; it is the kind that bubbles up at inopportune moments, attaching itself to people who might be better off free, causing mayhem and longing, along with moments of rare beauty. The title is taken from a series of paintings by Sarah Marker, an artist who ekes out a living teaching humanities at a fancy high school in Connecticut.

The story begins when Sarah receives a letter from Philip, her erstwhile husband. They have lived separately for seven years, without having seen each other once, without having formally severed ties, in a state of sustained ambivalence. Now he wants to visit. As much as Sarah would like to see him, she is terrified at what he will do when he discovers that he has a son.

Sarah bundles up her son and once again takes flight, only to arrive in a place she had not intended. While navigating the terrain of the 1980s art scene in New York City, she must confront the terrible events surrounding Philip’s departure, and reconcile the expectations of domestic life with her own fractured experience of family, confronting the violence and aching love at the heart of this story.

Click here to read an excerpt from Love Maps and here to read a self-interview with Eliza Factor at The Nervous Breakdown.

Listen to an interview featuring Eliza Factor and The Immune System author Nathan Larson at Resonance FM’s Either Author Programme:

Clear Spot – 31st March 2015 (Either Author) by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud


Book Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Published: 5/5/15
  • IBSN: 9781617752735
  • e-IBSN: 9781617753633


ELIZA FACTOR is a writer and the founder of Extreme Kids & Crew. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children. Her debut novel, The Mercury Fountain, was published in 2012. Love Maps is her latest novel.

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