The Gilder

The Gilder

Book - 2012
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"Art restorer Marina Nesmith's life seems flawless, at least on the surface. But more and more, Marina is conscious of what she lacks--most especially, the courage to tell her teenage daughter, Zoe, the truth about her father. Then Marina is invited to return to Florence, where she learned her trade as a gilder years ago. In those heady days, she wandered the city's picturesque streets and struck up a friendship with Thomas, an American photographer. He and his wife, Sarah, introduced Marina to a thrilling, bohemian world of art and beauty. Through them, she also learned about love, lies, and the way one mistake can multiply into many. Now, as past and present collide, Marina must move beyond the intricate veneer she's crafted around herself and find the life that she--and Zoe--have been looking for"--
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780758263223
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 09, 2019

Generally impressed with this book given that I picked it at random and expected it to be pretty mindless!
It’s a good, complex bisexual love story with an ending that doesn’t quite leave things tidy like a typical romance novel.

The reason for the low rating is the author’s outdated use of offensive terminology: g*psy and “transvestites”
Even after explaining that a character was now identifying as a woman, she went on to use “him” to refer to her; she even described her as “not entirely” a woman because she hadn’t transitioned in certain ways. Highly disappointing, considering the author clearly took time to research the subject at least a little bit.

Jun 22, 2012

Somehow I got the impression (from the medieval/gilding theme and setting of Florence) that this was more of a Da-Vinci-Code-esque suspense/thriller. I couldn't have been more wrong! It's mostly told in flashback, where the main character - a young single mom of a surly teenage daughter - remembers the complicated love affair that led to her getting pregnant. Pretty boring and sappy, with lots of schmaltzy group hugs toward the end. Very skippable.

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