The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

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A stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford

London, 1958. It's the eve of the sexual revolution, but in Juliet Montague's conservative Jewish community where only men can divorce women, shefinds herself a living widow, invisible. Ever since her husband disappeared seven years ago, Juliet has been a hardworking single mother of two and unnaturally practical. But on her thirtieth birthday, that's all about to change. A wealthy young ...

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Overview

A stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford

London, 1958. It's the eve of the sexual revolution, but in Juliet Montague's conservative Jewish community where only men can divorce women, shefinds herself a living widow, invisible. Ever since her husband disappeared seven years ago, Juliet has been a hardworking single mother of two and unnaturally practical. But on her thirtieth birthday, that's all about to change. A wealthy young artist asks to paint her portrait, and Juliet, moved by the powerful desire to be seen, enters into the burgeoning art world of 1960s London, which will bring her fame, fortune, and a life-long love aff air.

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Praise for The House at Tyneford

"Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, old fashioned storytelling.  Fans of Downton Abbey and Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden will absolutely adore The House at Tyneford."—Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Fly Away

"The House at Tyneford is a wonderful, old-fashioned novel that takes you back in time to the manor homes, aristocracy and domestic servants of England. In this setting, Natasha Solomons gives us a courageous heroine whose incredible love story will keep you in suspense until the final page."—Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House
 
The House at Tyneford is an exquisite tale of love, family, suspense, and survival. Capturing with astonishing detail and realism a vanished world of desire and hope trapped beneath rigid class convention, Natasha Solomons's stunning new novel tells the story of Elise Landau, a Jewish Austrian teenager from a family of artists, who is forced to flee her home in Vienna carrying only a guide to household management and her father's last novel, hidden on pages stuffed inside a viola. Elise hides as a parlor maid in a fine English country estate, but soon she discovers that passion can be found in the most unexpected places. Already a bestseller in Britain, American readers will thrill to The House at Tyneford.”—Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Velvet and Glass

“Like Downton, this romance compellingly explores the upstairs-downstairs dynamic of estate life.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Solomons’s poignant tale provides richly textured details that hold the reader’s interest. Fans of Ann Patchett will find Solomons’s style similar and will appreciate how the subdued tone and the quiet of the countryside contrast with the roar of war.”—Library Journal

“Halfway though, I was so invested in this gorgeously written story that I could barely read on, fearful that what I wished to happen would never come to pass. Permeated with an exquisite sadness, it reminded me of Atonement . . . I adored this book.”—Donna Marchetti, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482915662
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford and Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English. She lives in Dorset, England, with her husband and young son. This is her third novel.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Juliet Montague is living in England during 1958, a time when ch

    Juliet Montague is living in England during 1958, a time when change is slow to happen, especially for a woman like Juliet who thinks artistically, “out of the box,” but who lives in a conservative Orthodox Jewish community. Her husband has abandoned her and her two children, Frieda and Leonard.  But she isn’t free to divorce him as only Jewish men can divorce women and not the other way around.  So she more often than not elicits pity and gossip from her mother’s friends and acquaintances and her children are taunted by other children who hear their parents’ gossip about their missing father. It’s not a happy place to live yet Juliet chooses to focus elsewhere.  Her remarkable gift is “seeing” what makes a beautiful, successful painting or sketch in spite of the fact that she’s never been to art school or studied art.  She will be the key to fame for sharing this gift and will realize a new freedom in the daunting but exciting process!
    Juliet’s grandparents came to America not because they loved each other but because of circumstances amazingly described in these pages; but they have learned to build their lives around traditional Jewish living, a focus that Juliet lacks and which they and her parents are frustrated. They just don’t understand why Juliet is not satisfied with living as a “widow” in a sense, an opinion that will later stun Juliet when she learns the truth about her marital status years later.
    After Juliet meets the artist Charlie who paints a gorgeous portrait of her, he and his friends know a treasure when they meet it and talk her into directing a gallery show of their most recent works.  Up to now Juliet has grown to hate her job in the family business, so this opportunity she grabs, again to the consternation of her family. Now she works daily with these budding artists who are changing with the times and expressing a “new” way of seeing life, be it in objects, landscapes, portraits, or abstract expression. The novel continues with Juliet having a love affair with an older “war artist” and describes how her children react in different ways.  One reverts to the family’s Jewish traditional way of life and the other develops a passion for art, one his mother fails to nurture in some ways and elicits indirectly. But nothing is set in stone and they too will evolve in unexpected ways that the reader will get totally caught up in.
    To say more would be to spoil a grand story, a trip to America and back to England, the turmoil and evolution of her children’s lives, and Juliet’s coming to terms with who she really is and how grateful she is to grab life as it comes at her, regardless of other people’s opinions and standards.
    The Gallery of Vanished Husbands: A Novel is about living with passion amid the vicissitudes that life throws during the journey. It’s about truly “seeing” beautiful art, the meaning of tradition that comforts and doesn’t imprison, and more and more and more!  Well-crafted, full of humor and pathos, realistic yet transcendent, and more – this novel is highly recommended and a literate delight to relish and experience!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    So boring that I had to force myself to read this. The plot wasn

    So boring that I had to force myself to read this. The plot wasn't interesting, about a woman who's husband disappears leaving her and 2 kids. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Good read

    Well written story. Engaging and easy to get immersed in. Made me want to read more by this author. No unnecessary, sensationialistic gore, violence or gratuitous sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I recently received a first-reads copy of "The Gallery of V

    I recently received a first-reads copy of "The Gallery of Vanished Husbands" by Natasha Solomons.  I have never read anything by this author, but the synopsis looked interesting. I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was well-written and interesting.  Ms. Solomons set richly-detailed scenes.  The story begins in England, 1958.  Juliet Montague is raised in a conservative Jewish household. She has always felt she doesn't belong, but falls in love, marries and has two children. She becomes a woman in limbo when her husband mysteriously disappears on her birthday.  Only Jewish men could obtain divorces - Jewish women could not divorce their husbands. Juliet's parents are supportive, but she feels like the odd person out. Juliet has always had a love of art, and, on her 30th birthday, she meets an artist who wants to paint her portrait. Her husband has been gone 7 years, so this changes her life. Juliet meets other artists, and opens an art gallery. Her portrait is painted many more times through the years. We follow her life from age 30-79.  Juliet is able to find happiness without her "vanished" husband, and we do eventually find out what happened to him. The book is filled with fascinating secondary characters. There were times that I felt sorry for Juliet, but other times I was irritated by her obsession with artists and art, at the expense of her family. I would not hesitate to read another book by Natasha Solomons. I was thoroughly entertained - she told a fascinating tale. 

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