The Swan Thieves
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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The Swan Thieves - good but not great
I loved The Historian so I was very eager to read this book. But I was disappointed. It was far too slow in the first half and I nearly gave it up. However, my love of France, Paris and the French language kept me going. I found many of the main character's actions unrealistic. The female characters were very flat save Béatrice. Too bad the novel couldn't just have been about the painters.
I love kostova's work and this was even better than the historian. This one has made all through my office at work with rave reviews from everyone. I wish I had found her later in her career so I would have more of her work to read!