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When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
At the novel's center, the Geblers: . Dolly, patron of the arts, Midwestern heiress to a great pharmaceutical fortune, raised among her father's Flemish Masters and abstract expressionists. She is dedicated to the idea that art can change the world. Alfred, her husband, a poor boy from Brooklyn, a good Joe (he thinks), a man with the soul of a seventeen-year-old (she think ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published March 4th 1997 by Knopf
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Mary Kay
Nov 12, 2014 Mary Kay rated it really liked it
Another beautiful book by Fernanda Eberstadt. After reading the Furies, I checked this out even though its plot isn't something I'd normally be interested in -- a love story set in the debaucherous high-class art world of 1980s Manhattan. I felt like I'd fallen into that world, though, and into the emotions of the main character, Dolly, a fortysomething art patron who has taken on a young protege, Isaac Hooker. Isaac uses religious, almost outsider art themes and struggles with the authenticity ...more
Adriana Diaz
Jul 12, 2013 Adriana Diaz rated it liked it
I'd like to read other novels by this author. Reading her work challenges me to be a better writer.
I don't think the story line in this book attains the quality of her writing abilities. But her writing makes the story constantly entertaining.
I'd recommend it to anyone who is in the arts, who works for a foundation, or any non-profit. It's also a lovely way to visit New York.
Norma
Apr 22, 2008 Norma rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is a book no one has ever heard of but me. :P

It's the story of a starving artist in NY, who basically gets "discovered" by a rich woman with nothing better to do than sleep with starving artists. That's a terrible description, I know, but I enjoyed it and read it several times.
Nick Szegda
Nov 21, 2007 Nick Szegda rated it liked it
I chanced across this and I quite liked it. She has an interesting voice and interesting characters. Noy great, but good.
Vincent
Mar 01, 2008 Vincent rated it it was ok
A fictional account of the NY art world and how an unlikely artist becomes a star. You can guess some of the people and institutions involved.
Dormilona
Feb 10, 2013 Dormilona rated it really liked it
Only about halfway through this book, but the deeper I sink into it, the more I'm ravished by Eberstadt's brilliant prose.

So much truth in this book, it's exhilarating & heartbreaking.
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