The gravity of birds: A Novel
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In this compelling debut novel, an art authenticator and an art historian are employed by a famous, reclusive painter to sell a never-before-seen portrait, leading them to discover devastating secrets two sisters have kept from each other, and from the artist who determined the course of their lives. How do you find someone who wants to be lost? Sisters Natalie and Alice Kessler were close, until adolescence wrenched them apart. Natalie is headstrong, manipulative--and beautiful; Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds. During their family's summer holiday at the lake, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber, in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Natalie, however, remains strangely unmoved, sitting for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered. Decades later, Bayber, now a reclusive, world-renowned artist, unveils a never-before-seen work, Kessler Sisters --a provocative painting depicting the young Thomas, Natalie, and Alice. Bayber asks Dennis Finch, an art history professor, and Stephen Jameson, an eccentric young art authenticator, to sell the painting for him. That task becomes more complicated when the artist requires that they first locate Natalie and Alice, who seem to have vanished. And Finch finds himself wondering why Thomas is suddenly so intent on resurrecting the past. In The Gravity of Birds histories and memories refuse to stay buried; in the end only the excavation of the past will enable its survivors to love again.
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|Grouping Title||gravity of birds|
|Grouping Author||guzeman tracy|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-09-24 23:30:52PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-09-25 00:07:03AM|
|available_at_catalog||Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|detailed_location_catalog||Green Hills - Adult Fiction, Main Library - Adult Fiction|
A debut novel already destined to be a book club favorite. "With its deft interweaving of psychological complexity and riveting narrative momentum, with its gorgeous prose and poetic justice, The Gravity of Birds is about sibling rivalry, tragedies, and resurrections. And it's irresistibly exquisite" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Forty-four years after the brilliant young painter, Thomas Bayber, first meets Alice and Natalie Kessler, Bayber unveils a never-before-seen work, Kessler Sisters—a provocative painting depicting the young Thomas, Alice, and Natalie. Bayber asks Dennis Finch, an art history professor, and Stephen Jameson, an eccentric young art authenticator, to sell the painting. But their task becomes more complicated when the artist requires that they first locate Alice and Natalie, who seem to have disappeared.
Told in alternating chapters that weave revelations about the sisters' past with clues Finch and Jameson discover in the present, this story sets three characters on a collision course with their histories, showing how families tear themselves apart and then try to bind themselves together again, not always creating the same fabric. The Gravity of Birds "combines the drama of warring sisters, the mystery of a missing painting, and the sorrow of lost love into a haunting elegy that will...leave you breathless" (Tiffany Baker, author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County).
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000415528|Book|Books|1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.|English|Simon & Schuster,|2013.|294 p. ; 24 cm., overdrive:085de55f-5147-49bf-98d4-e2640be786de|eBook|eBook||English|Simon & Schuster|2013||
|subject_facet||Choice (Psychology) -- Fiction, Love stories, American, Sisters -- Fiction|
|title_display||The gravity of birds|
|title_full||The Gravity of Birds A Novel, The gravity of birds / Tracy Guzeman|
|title_short||The gravity of birds|
|topic_facet||Choice (Psychology), Fiction, Literature, Love stories, American, Sisters|