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The Art of Falling

by Danielle McLaughlin

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WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 'A gripping novel and a sharp, entertaining examination of the nature of art and its power to inspire and corrupt' Roddy Doyle Nessa McCormack's marriage is coming back together again after her husband's affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland's most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke's most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture. As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie - or whether she's ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open. In this gripping debut, Danielle McLaughlin reveals profound truths about love, power, and the secrets that rule us.… (more)
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Nessa’s life has become quite complicated. She is curating a much anticipated retrospective exhibition by a late sculptor when a woman supposedly from his past makes an appearance and
claims his most famous piece is actually hers. Nessa has already been walking a tightrope between his elderly wife and not quite as elderly daughter, both somewhat difficult people with whom to work. Her husband has had an affair with the wife of one of their daughter’s friends which has destroyed that friendship. Marriage counseling seems to be going a bit bumpy and old friends with old secrets show up.

The book started well, but soon it seemed to take a long time to tell not that interesting of a story. There were many side dramas and characters, and I didn’t find any of them really very likable. ( )
  vkmarco | Jan 5, 2021 |
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WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 'A gripping novel and a sharp, entertaining examination of the nature of art and its power to inspire and corrupt' Roddy Doyle Nessa McCormack's marriage is coming back together again after her husband's affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland's most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke's most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture. As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie - or whether she's ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open. In this gripping debut, Danielle McLaughlin reveals profound truths about love, power, and the secrets that rule us.

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