The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

Book - 2013
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When Juliet Montague's husband disappears, so does she. As far as the conservative Jewish community in which she lives is concerned, she is invisible. She does her best to conform to their rules, but then on her thirtieth birthday she does something unexpected. Instead of the fridge she has scrimped for, she impulsively spends her savings on a portrait of herself.

It is the first in a series of portraits that punctuate Juliet's adult life as she joins London's lively post-war art scene and proves to be an astute spotter of talent. Yet she remains an outsider in both her worlds: a mother of two, drawn to a reclusive artist who never leaves Dorset, and unable to feel free until she has found her husband - a quest that leads her to California and a surprising discovery.

Absorbing, intriguing and richly evocative, this is the tale of one woman's life and an unusual emotional journey, each stage hinged on a painting. It is a bravura performance by a highly talented young author.

Publisher: London :, Sceptre,, 2013
ISBN: 9781444736359
Branch Call Number: F SOL
Characteristics: 343 page ; 22 cm

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robinmassey
Apr 26, 2018

I found the book engaging and surprising - most of the time I couldn't guess where the story was headed. I enjoyed the historical background of the tale and the cultural details too. The characters were likeable so I wanted to find out what happened to them. I do think it ran out steam a little towards the end but am now about to borrow another of hers and hope it will also be unconventional!

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thatsnotright
Sep 24, 2017

Definitely think I found my new favourite book.

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1_Great_Book
Apr 15, 2014

A good read about women emerging from domesticity and daring to be different, without going overboard. I enjoyed the parallel with the author's relative. Lots of things to think about going on in the background while plot moves forward keeps the reader's interest.
Definitely going to read more of her work!

cm_haggerty Mar 09, 2014

The characters were vivid and unique. An extraordinary woman whose inability to fit in to her defined society caused her both grief and elation throughout her lifetime. Not a tearjerker but rather a read that would resonate with anyone who is always just a little on the outside and instead of trying to fit in a bubble wants to look for something a bit bigger.

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kljl
Feb 27, 2014

The book was rather flat. Just when the plot got exacting it went flat again. It was okay, but why read okay when there are so many great books.

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