The Figures of Beauty: A Novel

 
9780062307187: The Figures of Beauty: A Novel

Moving from Paris to Italy to North America, a sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, star-crossed lovers, and the choices that define our lives, from the award-winning author of Summer Gone.

A young man arrives in Paris in 1968, where a series of unlikely events lead him to a tiny village in Italy—and to the great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman travels to Canada on an odyssey to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy’s life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully chisels into a magnificent whole.

Oliver Hughson falls in love with wild, bohemian Anna over the course of one glorious summer in Italy. Bound by a sense of responsibility to his adoptive parents, he leaves her and returns home—an act he will regret for the rest of his life. Through luck or fate, Oliver had found the woman with whom he was meant to be. And now he must try to find his way back to her.

Narrated by the daughter Oliver never knew he had, The Figures of Beauty is a love story of mythic proportions that reminds us of the powerful bond that can connect two people indelibly across oceans and time.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, and the choices we make that define us for life

In 1968 a young man travels to Paris, where a series of unlikely events take him to a tiny village in Italy—and to the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy's life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole.

Oliver Hughson falls in love with wild, bohe-mian Anna over the course of one glorious summer in Italy. Bound by a sense of responsibility to his adoptive parents back home in Canada, however, he leaves her, an act he will regret for the rest of his life. Narrated by the daughter he never knew he had, The Figures of Beauty is a love story of mythic proportions. Through luck, fate, and great good fortune, Oliver found the one place and the one woman he should never have left. This is the story of his trying to find his way back.

About the Author:

David Macfarlane's memoir, The Danger Tree, was originally published in the United States under the title Come from Away. Christopher Hitchens described it as "intense and beautiful." Simon Winchester called it "a true masterpiece." His novel Summer Gone was a finalist for Canada's most prestigious literary award, the Giller Prize. The Figures of Beauty is his third book. He lives in Toronto.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Macfarlane, David
Published by Harper Perennial 2015-10-13 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 2015-10-13, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 0062307185. Bookseller Inventory # Z0062307185ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Macfarlane, David
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800623071870000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

MacFarlane, David
Published by Harpercollins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2015. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780062307187

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

David MacFarlane
Published by HARPER PERENNIAL, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARPER PERENNIAL, United States, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Rich, imaginative. . . . One of the best novels I ve read all year. --Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, and the choices we make that define us for life. In 1968 a young man travels to Paris, where a series of unlikely events takes him to a tiny village in Italy--and to the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy s life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole. A beautifully written, complex, and bittersweet story that spans continents and eras. --Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780062307187

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Macfarlane, David
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0062307185

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

David MacFarlane
Published by HARPER PERENNIAL, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARPER PERENNIAL, United States, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Rich, imaginative. . . . One of the best novels I ve read all year. --Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, and the choices we make that define us for life. In 1968 a young man travels to Paris, where a series of unlikely events takes him to a tiny village in Italy--and to the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy s life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole. A beautifully written, complex, and bittersweet story that spans continents and eras. --Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780062307187

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

David MacFarlane
Published by HARPER PERENNIAL, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARPER PERENNIAL, United States, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Rich, imaginative. . . . One of the best novels I ve read all year. --Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, and the choices we make that define us for life. In 1968 a young man travels to Paris, where a series of unlikely events takes him to a tiny village in Italy--and to the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy s life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole. A beautifully written, complex, and bittersweet story that spans continents and eras. --Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780062307187

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Macfarlane, David
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0062307185 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132261245

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

David MacFarlane
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. Paperback / softback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Figures of Beauty, David MacFarlane. Bookseller Inventory # B9780062307187

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.03
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

David MacFarlane
Published by Perennial (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062307185 ISBN 13: 9780062307187
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Perennial, 2015. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TH9780062307187

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.65
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book