The Bowl is Already Broken

The Bowl is Already Broken

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Promise Whittaker is the diminutive, cartoon-voiced acting director of the National Museum of Asian Art. Her mentor, the previous director, is now lost in the Taklamakan desert. Her favourite curator has dropped their newest, most precious, treasure - at the ceremony to celebrate its acquisition. Another colleague is embezzling museum funds to pay for fertility treatments. And Promise, perspicacious about everything but what's going on under her nose, is the last to realise that the museum is in danger of being turned into a cafe and that she's pregnant - again. In "Promise", juggling crises at home and at work, Mary Kay Zuravleff has created one of the most loveable and offbeat heroines in recent fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 284g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747579369
  • 9780747579366
  • 1,582,119

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'Riveting, witty and subtle' Margaret Forster 'Her frank emphatic intelligence brings Anne Tyler to mind, but her seductive wit and faintly unsettling vision are entirely her own' Julie Myerson 'Spiking her tale with humour, Zuravleff shows how neatly everything interconnects ... emotionally astute' Independent 'Light, crisp and engaging ... what the punter might imagine to be a world where decisions are made in an intelligent courteous manner turns out to be more like mud-wrestling' Daily Telegraph
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About Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of The Frequency of Souls (FSG, 1996). A former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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