The Bowl Is Already Broken: A Novel
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Zuravleff weaves together D.C. destinations, interesting characters (whom she treats with kindness, so you can't help but like them), Asian art, philosophy, and what I suspect is a frighteningly accurate portrayal of museum politics and players to create what I found a fresh (i.e., original) and refreshing story. Zuravleff, with poignancy and humor (thank goodness), demonstrates that we all have our "stuff" to get through: Promise Whittaker has become the acting director of the Museum of Asian A...more
The Japanese art of repairing a broken vessel with lacquer and gold dust, rendering it more valuable.
Such is the thread of this book.
I love reading about the machinations of institutions, especially in The Arts realm, so I enjoyed this book a lot.
The sprinkling of Rumi is a lovely touch, as well.
I could have done with a little less of the preggers problems of the protagonist (sorry-can't resist breaking the alliteration law) and her sidekick.
I will read another book by this author.
"(They) didn't even know how to do Important."
"I understand," he said, misunderstanding more completely than a stranger would.
"One of motherhoods' marvels was that the wonder of this creation increased with each year."
She is also the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken, which the New York Tim ...more