Elizabeth Kostova The Swan Thieves: A Novel

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The Swan Thieves: A Novel

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Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

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Elizabeth Kostova is the author of the international bestseller The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

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Five narrators weave a story that moves through several centuries as it examines the power of creativity. In soft, measured tones, Treat Williams portrays psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, who becomes entangled with famous artist Robert Oliver after he attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art. Due to Oliver's silence in therapy, Marlowe seeks out the women in Oliver's life, painters all. Marlow's journey through Oliver's tortured past and present torments is seasoned by the other richly talented narrators, who tell Oliver's story of obsession and devastation, in counterpoint to his silence. Heche as Oliver's frank wife, Cottrell as his mistress, and Zimmerman and Lee as French ghosts all contribute to an exhilarating listening experience. A.W. AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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