- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company (5 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062270362
- ISBN-13: 978-0062270368
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 268 g
- Customer Reviews: 8 customer ratings
Curiosities Paperback – 5 February 2019
"Driven by an eclectric mix mix of characters navigating dreams, disappointments, and second chances, The Curiosities is, at its heart, a celebration of creativity, self, and finding your own way. Thoroughly satisfying, from the first page to the last"--Jessica Strawser, author of Not That I Could Tell
"A richly layered tale of the intersection of five very different lives, The Curiosities uniquely depicts how each step in the journey leads us where we're ultimately meant to be. Page by page, Gloss proves that the beauty of life--like art--is often revealed to us a little at a time. The Curiosities is an absolute must read!"--Kristy Woodson Harvey, national bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple
"Featuring a cast of characters as varied as the art they create, Susan Gloss's The Curiosities is about chasing dreams, second chances, and the gift of redemption. Enchanting and heartfelt!"--Karma Brown, Bestselling author of In This Moment
From the Back Cover
Nell Parker has a PhD in art history, a loving husband named Josh, and a bungalow in Madison, Wisconsin. But Nell's last pregnancy ended in the second trimester, and her husband encourages her to apply for jobs rather than pause to grieve, believing she needs something to focus on other than the baby that may never be.
Finding a job turns out to be difficult for an art historian . . . until Nell sees the ad seeking a director for a new nonprofit called the Mansion Hill Artists' Colony, founded by the late, unconventional society dame Betsy Barrett. The executor of Betsy's estate simply hands Nell the house keys and wishes her luck.
Diving into the new role, Nell discovers that recruiting artists to fill the three residency slots is easy, but managing their eccentric personalities is not. There's Odin, a young metal sculptor, who keeps the other residents awake with his late-night welding projects, and Annie, a dreadlocked granny known for her gritty photography, who Nell is almost certain is dealing pot out of the basement "studio." And then there's Paige, an art student from the university, who is experimenting with new printing techniques, as well as a string of bad boyfriends.Despite all the drama, Nell finds something akin to a family among the members of the creative community. And when her attraction to Odin begins to heat up, Nell must decide what will bring her greater joy--the artsy, inspired world she's created, or the familiar but increasingly fragile reality of her marriage.
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Nell Parker, who has a PhD in Art History, needs a job so she can pay off credit card debts that her husband Josh is unaware of. But who needs an art historian? Well, apparently the Mansion Hill Artists’ Colony does. Eccentric Betsy Barrett has died and left behind a vast fortune and a mansion filled with various works of art. There will soon be three artists moving into the mansion as part of the new artist-in-residence program. Nell is in the right place at the right time and is given the job as director with few instructions.
The artists are all a bit quirky and have very differing personalities. Odin keeps everyone awake at night with his welding projects. Paige loves to experiment with a variety of new designs and techniques while maintaining a steady stream of men in her life. Annie, the older “hippy” in the group, is somewhat famous but does have some questionable “dealings”. And Nell is manages all this while dealing with the fragile state of her marriage.
Ultimately the story is about finding your own way as each of the artists interact with the others thus finding aspects of themselves they never knew previously. And Nell grows right along with them. Nell and the three artists take turns narrating the story thus allowing the reader to experience their conflicts, their triumphs, and the healing power of art.