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The Gravity of Birds - A Novel

Tracy Guzeman

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.

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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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

12h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

30:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

28:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

27:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:41