The Gravity of Birds: A Novel

The Gravity of Birds: A Novel

by Tracy Guzeman
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The Gravity of Birds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I felt the book started a bit slow, it picked up quickly and had many hidden twists to keep me going.  I read it over three days and just wanted to find out what would happen next.  I would highly recommend it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every sentence is beautifully constructed! If you like art history and thoughtful dialect, this book is for you! It seemed as if the author was creating a painting with her words. The parallel between the creative writing process and the featured artist's painting process is incredible! The book also weaves the lives of the main characters into an interesting and thought provoking story as well. I will never forget this book!
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
This novel tries to straddle the line between literary and commercial fiction. What the publishing gods have deemed upmarket fiction. Unfortunately for THE GRAVITY OF BIRDS, it probably tries a little too hard, and therefore doesn’t do either as effectively as if it just picked one and flew above the treetops. Instead, it crash landed into a cactus, and I was left picking needles out of my butt. The structure proved a little confusing, with the movement between time periods, and I was prone to forget who I was, or where I was for brief periods of time (sometimes a wee bit longer). This was certainly a literary element, as I end up more confused and discombobulated when I read “more serious” works than when I read the high-octane commercial fiction. What can I say? My brain likes to be entertained, and I feed it generous helpings of the good stuff. Not that this novel lacked an entertainment factor. It just might not have been what Tracy Guzeman intended, as I wanted to throttle Thomas Bayber within an inch of his life for being a self-indulgent butthead. Note to readers who are not artists, we are not all like this. Some of us (surprise surprise) actually have a soul. The other source of entertainment was a “Who’s on First?” sketch between Finch and Jameson that made me want to slap my head and then get on a plane in the middle of a blizzard. As for the other characters, I was less than impressed, except for a cameo appearance near the end of the novel. The cameo setting—New Mexico land of the sand and vast openness—proved a rather beautiful side trip during which I could have indulged myself further, had I just been given the opportunity to do so. While some might call this a mystery, or hear it marketed as such, and then proceed to be disappointed when it’s not, I’d say this is more of a coming of age or contemporary fiction tale that had more of a literary spin than it knew what to do with. In other words, this book had an identity crisis, and I’m not sure I can really help this novel solve its problems. But someone smarter than me can probably make a better effort at identifying its feathers. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Gemerald More than 1 year ago
This is a book I will keep in my library because there are certain passages I want to read over and over. The author strings words together in descriptive passages that trigger feelings of having been in that moment in my own life. Phrases like "the undertow of memory" make her writing like brain food. The story is interesting and moves along at the perfect pace and her characters are very well drawn and knowable. My book club - which has been meeting for over 20 years - gave it a very high score.
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Wonderful!! Last book, The Orphan Master's Son, picked this one up for "levity", and was surprised to discover a beautiful, strong story with enchanting characters. Will look forward to Ms Guzeman's nxt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun romp through the process of producing a piece of art work. The jumps in time periods did leave confused sometimes. I had some issues with remembering the relationships between characters. That said, this was an easy, fast, and enjoyable book.
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