The Art of Seeing (Paperback)

By Cammie McGovern

Scribner Book Company, 9780743228367, 281pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2007

List Price: 14.00*
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Description

As a child, the flamboyant, brooding, and beautiful Rozzie was always the star of her family -- especially in her younger sister Jemma's eyes. So when Rozzie takes up acting and, as a teenager, wins a part in a major motion picture, life changes irrevocably for both sisters. Rozzie is catapulted into the chaotic adult world of celebrity while Jemma travels to movie sets and relishes her sister's fame -- never seeing the strain that the spotlight puts on Rozzie. Soon Jemma develops her own artistic ambitions as a photographer, and Rozzie is forced to reveal the secret she has kept from her family for years -- a rare eye condition that threatens her vision. Only then does Jemma begin to see the truth about her sister and herself -- a reality that threatens the delicate balance of their relationship.

A moving and profound story about family, celebrity, envy, and ultimately love, The Art of Seeing is a brilliant exploration of the powerful and enduring connection between sisters.


Praise For The Art of Seeing

"Beautifully written."

-- Chicago Tribune



"Eloquent. [McGovern] is a wry and keen observer of sibling love and rivalry."

-- People



"McGovern explore[s] the deep shadows thrown by sisterly rivalry. She skillfully reflects the spotlight of fame back on itself."

-- Los Angeles Times



"Elegant and complex. An unusually accomplished first novel."

-- Christina Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly