The Bowl Is Already Broken: A Novel

The Bowl Is Already Broken: A Novel

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by Mary Kay Zuravleff
     
 

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A big, rewarding novel about art, politics, family, terrorism, courage, and happiness.

Promise Whittaker, the diminutive but decisive acting director of the National Museum of Asian Art, is pregnant again--and that's just the beginning of her difficulties. Her mentor, the previous director, suddenly walked away from his job with no explanation, and

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A big, rewarding novel about art, politics, family, terrorism, courage, and happiness.

Promise Whittaker, the diminutive but decisive acting director of the National Museum of Asian Art, is pregnant again--and that's just the beginning of her difficulties. Her mentor, the previous director, suddenly walked away from his job with no explanation, and now is on a dig somewhere in the Taklamakan desert. Her favorite curator has dropped their newest treasure, a bowl once owned by Thomas Jefferson, during the ceremony celebrating its acquisition. Another colleague, desperate for a son, has been embezzling from the museum to pay for her fertility treatments. And her far too handsome, far too elusive ancillary director is clearly up to no good.
Confronting challenge after challenge at work and at home, Promise is one of the most offbeat, original, winning characters in recent fiction. The Bowl Is Already Broken is all brains, all soul, and all heart--brimming with ideas, provocative, and deeply satisfying.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429923903
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
568,635
File size:
489 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of The Frequency of Souls (FSG, 1996). A former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.


Mary Kay Zuravleff is also the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken, which The New York Times praised as “a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world’s bickering and scheming,” and The Frequency of Souls, which the Chicago Tribune deemed “a beguiling and wildly inventive first novel.” Honors for her work include the American Academy’s Rosenthal Award and the James Jones First Novel Award, and she has been nominated for the Orange Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a cofounder of the D.C. Women Writers Group.

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Bowl Is Already Broken 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, for its story line and its characters. Its philosophy has become my new mantra for life: the bowl is already broken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago