Tracy Guzeman

THE GRAVITY OF BIRDS (2013)

gravity-of-birds-9781451689778_hrPushcart Prize nominee Tracy Guzeman’s The Gravity of Birds begins with a revelation: a famous artist reveals the existence of a previously unseen painting to an art history professor and an art authenticator, sending them on a search for two reclusive sisters that will reveal a thwarted love affair, breathtaking betrayals, and unexpected connections between them all. Ellen Sussman (French Lessons) calls The Gravity of Birds “a brilliant tale, written in evocative language, and every page is pure seduction. I want to scream from the rooftops: read this book!”

More praise for The Gravity of Birds:

If literary fiction is on the verge of extinction, Bay Area writer Tracy Guzeman’s debut novel, “The Gravity of Birds,” ought to inspire new hope for an endangered species. With its deft interweaving of psychological complexity and riveting narrative momentum, with its gorgeous prose and poetic justice, Guzeman’s book is about sibling rivalry, tragedies and resurrections. And it’s irresistibly exquisite. Elizabeth Rosner, San Francisco Chronicle

“The captivating prose of Tracy Guzeman’s first novel instantly pulls you into the lives of the Kessler sisters, Alice and Natalie, and their intertwined love story with Thomas Bayber, an attractive young artist. Forty years later, as Bayber lies dying, he sends two trusted, but disparate, colleagues to find a missing painting that the Kessler sisters possess. Clandestine love affairs, painterly clues and a world of untruths come seamlessly together in this exceptional debut.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“In this richly textured novel, two young sisters encounter art and their sensuality under the watchful gaze of a seductive painter. Forty-four years later, when a never-before-seen portrait of them is unveiled, a complex web of jealousy and heartache is exposed.” — O, The Oprah Magazine 

“In this riveting debut novel, a famous artist-recluse unveils a 40-year-old painting never shown before, then sends collectors on a scavenger hunt to locate two teenage girls who posed for him, but disappeared decades ago.” — Good Housekeeping 

“Talented…incredibly assured…her cast of endearing eccentrics and her stellar prose will win a loyal audience.” — Booklist

Rights: Simon & Schuster, North America; Harper Collins, UK; Verlagsgruppe Random House, Germany; Martinez Roca, Spain; Flammarion, France; Mondadori, Italy; Empuries; Catalan; Hemiro, Russia; Novo Conceito, Brazil; Mozaik Knjiga, Croatia; Lannoo, the Netherlands; Sichuan People’s Publishing, China