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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars8 customer ratings

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"The Curiosities is a stained glass window of a novel: lovely, glowing and precise. Set in a community of artists who are outwardly coming together and inwardly coming apart, Susan Gloss's writing brims with insight into grief and joy, love and regret."--Greer Macallister, bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise

"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

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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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