The Swan Thieves

By Elizabeth Kostova; Treat Williams (Read by); Anne Heche (Read by); Erin Cottrell (Read by); Sarah Zimmerman (Read by); John Lee (Read by)
(Hachette Audio, Compact Disc, 9781600247453)

Publication Date: January 12, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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“The Swan Thieves skillfully blends the worlds of art, psychology, history, and mythology with myriad voices to create a compelling tale of love, obsession, and human nature. Add a dash of mystery, and you have a thoroughly satisfying read.”
-- Sue Beale, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI


Description

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Ranging from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.




About the Author

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.




NPR
Saturday, Jan 9, 2010

The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova's follow-up to her 2005 novel The Historian, revolves around twin stories: a 19th century love affair between two artists, and a modern-day psychiatrist treating an artist arrested for stabbing a painting at Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art. More at NPR.org

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