The Woman Who Heard Color

The Woman Who Heard Color

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by Kelly Jones
     
 

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A new novel from the author of The Seventh Unicorn and The Lost Madonna..."Kelly Jones is a wonderful writer, and definitely one to watch." -Nicholas Sparks

Lauren O'Farrell is an "art detective" who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable artworks stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II. Her quest leads her to the

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A new novel from the author of The Seventh Unicorn and The Lost Madonna..."Kelly Jones is a wonderful writer, and definitely one to watch." -Nicholas Sparks

Lauren O'Farrell is an "art detective" who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable artworks stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II. Her quest leads her to the Manhattan apartment of elderly Isabella Fletcher, a woman who lives in the shadow of a terrible history-years ago her mother was rumored to have collaborated with the Nazis.

But as Isabella reveals the events of her mother's life, Lauren finds herself immersed in an amazing story of courage and secrecy as she discovers the extraordinary truth about a priceless piece of art that may have survived the war and the enduring relationship between a mother and a daughter.

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of this intense and richly detailed novel from Jones (Lost Madonna), Lauren O’Farrell, an art detective, interviews 82-year-old Isabella Fletcher about a missing Wassily Kandinsky painting, a masterpiece last seen before WWII. Lauren’s queries open a Pandora’s box of agonizing dilemmas. Did Isabella’s mother, Hanna, whose synesthesia allowed her to “hear” colors, but dead now 60 years, collaborate with the Nazis in looting Jewish-owned art, or was she a hero, saving “degenerate” paintings from the bonfires? Through Hanna’s firm and authoritative voice, we learn of her trajectory from a naïve Bavarian farm girl to an art critic prized by the Nazis, beginning with her impulsive trip to Munich in 1900 and her employment and eventual marriage to Moses Fleischmann, an important art dealer. Hanna eventually catches the attention of Hitler himself. While at times totally implausible (would Hitler have a private lunch with the widow of a prominent Jew?), this story puts a wonderfully imaginative spin on art and history. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425243053
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
421,279
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly Jones was born and raised in Idaho and attended college in the state of Washington. She lives in Boise, Idaho.

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The Woman Who Heard Color 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Art Detective, Lauren O'farrell, is investigating art stolen during World War ll in hopes of restoring pieces to their rightful owners. She is looking into, Hanna Fleischmann, who was rumored to be a Nazi Collaborator. She contacts Hanna's elderly daughter, Isabella to probe about Hanna's past. She is stunned when Isabella not only invites her into her home, but also shockingly announces she has possession of a Kandinsky painting, which was believed to have been destroyed during the war. Isabella believes she must finally tell her mother's story before history writes it. Hanna Schmid was just a young girl when she took off from her German country home. She found work in the affluent home of Moses Fleischmann, a Jewish art dealer. The story of Hanna begins in 1900. She begins with working in the Fleischmann home and later Moses realizes her love for art and she begins working in his gallery where she eventually becomes an art dealer. She lives in Germany with her family during World War l. After Hitler takes over the life Hanna knows and loves is over. In order to survive Hanna must do the unthinkable and work with the Nazis. The story of Hanna Schmid is deeper and darker than even her daughter realizes. I normally give myself a week for a book, but I went over my week mark with The Woman Who Heard Color. I went over because I needed to put the book down a number of times and really absorb what I was reading. It was fascinating to me to read a story about what life may have been like for German's living during Hitler's reign. I was completely engrossed in Hanna's story. I would read for awhile about the changes Hitler was making and would have to stop and realize how blessed I am to live in the US today-no matter what are political views are we are free to have them and to express them. I tend to read during the evenings and the last few nights I'd lay in bed for a bit and just think about the story.it felt as if I was really reading Hanna's story. This is a story filled with history, art, mystery, suspense; it is beautifully written and filled with heart palpitating moments. I was captivated by The Woman Who Heard Color. I highly highly recommend it.
KDavio More than 1 year ago
you will enjoy your time reading this book in the company of these characters - very well written story line told in a storytelling format - there may be one/two small slow parts but nothing you will hold against the writer - I really enjoyed meeting Hanna and hearing about her life during these interesting times duing this interesting work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book made me feel more deeply connected to the times it covered in Europe, pre-and post WWII, than any history I've ever studied, and I have a minor in European history. I find the lessons in art riveting. I finally had to get some art books down to find the paintings when I could. The personal stories of the characters were so real, I felt I knew them. If you like superb fiction with your history this is a book not to be missed. I would unreservedly recommend this book to anyone The writing is poetry, written as prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me so I tried it. I did not finish it, which I almost NEVER do. I felt the writer focused on trivial matters and characters lacked depth. It became repetitive and I lost interest which was a shame as it had a good plot. I would not spend the money or the time on this book.
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jan13NJ More than 1 year ago
I had difficulty putting this book down. It was so interesting and very well done. I would recommend this book for a book club discussion.
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Loved, loved loved this book. Well written and very exciting. I will order Kelly Jones's other books.
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G-maHL More than 1 year ago
The story was painted with words of the times in history of the world and made it vivid in your mind like you were the one living it. The characters jumped to life off of the pages. their personalities were vivid. Had hard time putting book down.Very moving
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"Poor Wendy..." she sighs. "Someone has to take up position as leader, but who?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looks at the sky. "Where are you, Kamehameha?"