The Figures of Beauty

The Figures of Beauty

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"Rich, imaginative. . . . One of the best novels I've read all year."--Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper

A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, and the choices we make that define us for life.

In 1968 a young man travels to Paris, where a series of unlikely events takes him to a tiny village in Italy--and to the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy's life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole.

"A beautifully written, complex, and bittersweet story that spans continents and eras."--Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading
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Product details

  • Paperback | 343 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 15mm | 136g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062307185
  • 9780062307187

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"A beautifully contemplative first novel about fathers and sons, memory, and the spirituality of wilderness."--Booklist on Summer Gone
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