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The Gravity of Birds


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Tracy Guzeman lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her fiction has been published in Gulf Coast, Vestal Review and Glimmer Train Stories, and performed as part of the New Short Fiction Series Emerging Voices Group Show. The Gravity of Birds is her first novel.


`A fabulous debut' Stylist`I really loved it! A deep and compelling page-turning story handled with the lightest of touches. It's gone straight to the place on my bookshelf reserved for my favourite reads'
Louise Douglas, author of The Secrets Between Us`The Gravity of Birds is a beautifully written book, splattered with painterly language as befits the art world this beguiling story inhabits'
Kathleen MacMahon, author of This is How it Ends`A beautifully written, compelling story. I absolutely loved it'
Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters`One of those rare, exquisitely written novels that haunt you long after you've finished the last page. It is a novel not to be missed'
Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife`Part mystery, part psychological drama and intriguing love story. This is a stunning debut'
Ellen Sussman, author of French Lessons`A richly textured novel' Oprah`A riveting debut' Good Housekeeping

Professor Dennis Finch based his academic career on the work of acclaimed painter Thomas Bayber, who stopped painting 20 years ago; he also became one of the artist's only friends. When Thomas reveals that there are still unknown paintings-a triptych of which the painter still owns the center panel-he asks Dennis and Stephen Jameson, a talented but socially inept art appraiser, to sell them. But first they must track down their subjects: Natalie and Alice, the Kessler sisters. Set alternately when the paintings were created, in 1963 and 1972 and in 2007, and told from the point of view of several characters, the story moves from art mystery to family history. VERDICT Debut author Guzeman takes her time revealing the story's heart, and those not interested in the art world may find their patience challenged. Sticking with the novel allows readers to experience its satisfying resolution. This work should appeal most to readers of literary fiction and those interested in fine art. [See Prepub Alert, 2/14/13.]-Nancy H. Fontaine, Norwich P.L., VT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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