For a quarter of a century forty-five-year-old Zinc has worked as a caretaker for a wealthy old man, living in a small casita on his ranch in New Mexico. She doesn't make much money, but she has the old man, her dogs, and gorgeous views of the mountains. She is basically a very content recluse who doesn't invest much time thinking about what she might do if her circumstances change. So when the old man dies suddenly, and his daughter all but throws her off the property, Zinc is forced to reinvent herself-and quickly. With a touch of magical realism and a collection of offbeat characters, The Accidental Art Thief explores the thin line between life and death and the universal forces that connect all things.
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I like so many things about Joan Schweighhardt's novel, The Accidental Art Thief: its well paced and deeply moving story, its eccentric and surprising characters , especially their capacity for treachery and love, and its resonant feel of the southwest where the action takes place. Yet, what moved me most about this wonderful book is its subtle but profound suggestion that whatever metaphysical beliefs we may hold, we can only save ourselves by saving each other. R Lo Bosci
This book chronicles the life of an unassuming woman who really has very little experience living. After her fiance broke off with her she took a job with an elderly man at his estate where she remained for 25 years until the gentleman died. She was forced to live with her older brother who had his own issues when the elderly man's daughter literally gave her and her 2 dogs 2 weeks to vacate the premises. She ends up taking a painting which the daughter does not know about. Overnight she has to face the world and get on with living. Her chrysalis from a recluse to a full person will sometimes have you crying for her and sometimes laughing. At the very very end you will find yourself smiling as a total twist is revealed!!