This is another ‘squeeeeee!’ moment. So I was at my office today, saying ‘hi’ before I go back on Monday and talking with Daniel’s new babysitter – no, this is not the geek-out moment, as much as I like my job – so while I was there, I saw that there was a package for me on the front desk. Without thinking about it too much, I opened it as I was talking to everyone. Then I stopped. In this little package was a big, beautiful copy of “The Swan Thieves.”
Is that cover not completely gorgeous?
Elizabeth Kostova is the author of the love-it-or-hate-it book “The Historian.” If you can’t tell by the fact that this, her sophomore book, made me ‘squeeeee,’ I was in the ‘love it’ camp. I’ve been looking forward to “The Swan Thieves” since early this year, and now I have a copy! I’m not sure when I’ll post my review, since it isn’t out until January, but it is probably going to be one of the next few books I read (I’d read it RIGHT NOW, but there’s another book I really need to get to before I go back to work).
In case you were curious, here’s the publisher’s description I got from Amazon:
Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, 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.