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Tracy Guzeman discusses her novel The Gravity of Birds
September 6, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
A staff favorite! This story draws you in, slowly then surely. We meet two sisters, have an introduction to the art world, learn about the study of birds. There are some big secrets from teh past with huge implications today. A beautifully written debut novel. I loved this book. –Sally
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).