The Gravity of Birds
How do you find someone who wants to be lost? Sisters Alice and Natalie were once close, but adolescence has wrenched them apart. Alice loves books and birds in equal measure whilst Natalie, the beautiful one, is sexy and manipulative, effortlessly captivating men. On their lakeside family holiday, Alice falls under the thrall of the enigmatic next-door-neighbour, a struggling young painter. Natalie seems strangely unmoved by the charismatic stranger in their midst. She tolerates the family sittings for the portrait Thomas is painting with a barely disguised distaste. But as the family portrait nears completion, the family dynamics shift irrevocably. And by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered. Four decades later, the only thing that remains of that fateful summer is a painting of the sisters. The artist is determined to take the secrets of the girls to the grave, but his close friend decides to use the painting to beat a path to the past before it closes the door on them all for good...A haunting, unforgettable debut about family, forbidden love and long-buried secrets.
"A beautifully written, compelling story. I absolutely loved it." Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters "A compelling first novel" The Bookseller "One of those rare, exquisitely written novels that haunt you long after you've finished the last page. It is a novel not to be missed." Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife "Part mystery, part psychological drama and intriguing love story. This is a stunning debut. " Ellen Sussman, author of French Lessons
Tracy Guzeman lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her fiction has been published in Gulf Coast, Vestal Review and Glimmer Train Stories, and performed as part of the New Short Fiction Series Emerging Voices Group Show. The Gravity of Birds is her first novel.