Asunder

Asunder

Book - 2013
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Marie's job as a guard at the National Gallery in London offers her the life she always wanted, one of invisibility and quiet contemplation. But amid the hushed corridors of the Gallery surge currents of history and violence, paintings whose power belies their own fragility. There also lingers the legacy of her great-grandfather Ted, the museum guard who slipped and fell moments before reaching the suffragette Mary Richardson as she took a blade to one of the gallery's masterpieces on the eve of the First World War.

After nine years there, Marie begins to feel the tug of restlessness. A decisive change comes in the form of a winter trip to Paris, where, with the arrival of an uninvited guest and an unexpected encounter, her carefully contained world is torn open.

Asunder is a rich, resonant novel of beguiling depths and beautiful strangeness, exploring the delicate balance between creation and destruction, control and surrender.

From a writer praised for her "fresh, original voice" (New York Times Book Review) and "hypnotic" prose (Junot Díaz) comes a captivating novel about two museum guards in London for whom life and art begin to overtake one another in unsettling and surreal ways.



Baker & Taylor
When she begins to feel restless in her job as a museum guard, Marie takes a trip to Paris, where, with the arrival of an uninvited guest and an unexpected encounter, her world is torn open.

Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Edition: First Mariner Books edition
ISBN: 9780544003460
0544003462
Branch Call Number: FICTION ARIDJIS
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 21 cm

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Apr 15, 2017

Easy to read, great mood.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

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A novel about two museum guards in London for whom life and art begin to overtake one another in unsettling and surreal ways.

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