The Gravity of Birds

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Hardcover, Pages: 295

Genres: Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Language: English

Reads: 208

Downloads: 9275

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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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  •    Brajin Gevinn
    2020
    More like 2.5 stars.

    This story follows the lives of Alice and Natalie Kessler, and the events of the summer during their adolescence which changed their lives forever. Alice and Natalie met the talented older painter, Thomas Bayber when they were teenagers, whilst on holiday with their parents at the lake, and he wants to paint family portraits for them, all the while with the sisters forming an interest in him.

    The story jumps to the present day, where Thomas is now a renowned artist, who unveils his work of the Kessler sisters, which has never before been released, and asks his old colleagues to go on a search for the missing paintings and the sisters whom he has not had contact with in decades.

    The story follows the hardships that the sisters have faced over the years, the regrets, the heartbreak, the resentment and the deep dark secrets.

    The story line was very intriguing, but I just wasn't sure that the structure of the book worked all that well for me. The jumping around in the timelines was a bit oddly pieced together, and I think I really would have enjoyed it more if it had been pieced together differently.
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