The Gravity Of Birds

The Gravity Of Birds

Book - 2013
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When a famous, reclusive painter asks them to sell a never-before-seen portrait, an art history professor and an eccentric young art authenticator find their task complicated when they attempt to locate the two women in the portrait, who seem to have disappeared.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451689761
1451689764
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 24 cm.

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shelleyfisher
Dec 08, 2015

Another romantic novel. Not believable. Will be loved by many.

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Wong_Anne
Jul 06, 2015

Thomas Bayber met the Kessler family in 1963 when he was still an unknown artist. He sketches the family as a group and the girls as individuals. The impact of that summer has repercussions for all. Bayber’s talent and artistic ability eventually bring him fame and wealth, which he squanders. By 2007 he has become a recluse in failing health - an artist who has not painted in 20 years. When he informs his biographer, Dennis Finch, that he wishes to sell a previously unknown Bayber painting, the search for the two Kessler sisters begins. The story is told from the view point of several characters, with their stories converging to provide a well delivered climax. It is a story that deals in personalities, frailties, and deception.

LaughingOne Feb 04, 2015

This is a very difficult book to get into; I didn't like the characters at the beginning; I didn't like how they lived and what they were doing. I almost stopped reading many times; however, it was the only book I had for a few days (and I HAVE to read), so I kept trying to read it. The story did get more interesting to me, about half way through. As Lemony Snicket would say, there were a series of unfortunate events. One sister seemed to take advantage of them in a sick way; the other chose to not know what was going on, closing herself off in her illness. The kindest thing I can say is that this is a well-written study of major dysfunction. And some of Guzeman's descriptions were so well done that I could actually see what she was describing.

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Bearwomyn
Oct 29, 2013

It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked and liked this book VERY much. Not so much a who-dun-it, as a where-are-they. This story is a tangle of one complex family and an illustrious, legendary artist. He effected the girls when they were girls...which in turn made him effect the women, when they were women. He struggles through his fame, unable to hold relationships, unable to open the doors to his heart very wide or for very long. The women move on and make due with a chasm of unspoken resentment and pain stuck fast between them. This was a real story, plausible. Misunderstanding, lack of communication, assumption. Love, fear, misconception, lies and secrets. Ornithology, birdsong, hands reaching out into nothingness, crippling illness, money and peerless art. Abandoned children, mothers in prison, mothers in secret, mothers dead. The twists were indeed twisty and surprising. A reminder about what life can look like at 'the end' when we've lived with our heads in the sand. End game. Who loses? Who flies away? Who joins the flock?

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