The Bowl is Already Broken

The Bowl is Already Broken

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Promise Whittaker, the diminutive but decisive acting director of the National Museum of Asian Art, is pregnant again - and that's just the beginning of her difficulties. Her mentor, the previous director, suddenly walked away from his job with no explanation, and now is on a dig somewhere in the Taklamakan desert. Her favourite curator has dropped their newest treasure, a bowl once owned by Thomas Jefferson, during the ceremony celebrating its acquisition. Another colleague, desperate for a son, has been embezzling from the museum to pay for her fertility treatments. And her far too handsome, far too elusive ancillary director is clearly up to no good. Confronting challenge after challenge at work and at home, Promise is one of the most offbeat, original, winning characters in recent fiction. The Bowl Is Already Broken is all brains, all soul, and all heart - brimming with ideas, provocative, and deeply more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747578141
  • 9780747578147

About Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of The Frequency of Souls. A former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives with her family in Washington, more

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'Her frank emphatic intelligence brings Anne Tyler to mind, but her seductive wit and faintly unsettling vision are entirely her own' Julie Myerson 'One of the most inventive and attractive voices to come out of America in recent times ... a masterly cameo of perception and wit that sings with poignancy' Rosemary Goring, Scotland on Sunday 'Zuravleff's voice brings to mind the goofy metaphysics of Tom Robbins, the caricaturing cleverness of John Kennedy Toole, and the dignified slapstick of David Lodge' Washington Post 'A seductively witty novel on the theme of marital infidelity and the male menopause ... Zuravleff clearly has a sharp eye for everyday detail and a good ear for dialogue. It is hard not to love a novel which wryly defines work as "forty years of unalleviated boredom among fools"' Andrew Biswell, Daily Telegraphshow more