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Susann CokalIn Margaret Forster's new novel, a small painting of an attic room is lost, sold, inherited, given away and stolen. One owner nearly burns the canvas; another is tempted to punch a fist through it. The painting itself may be all too destructible, but Keeping the World Away (one of the best entries in the literary subgenre that traces an object through history) demonstrates that true art is more than its perishable elements; it makes a world of its own.
—The New York Times