The Woman Who Heard Color

The Woman Who Heard Color

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425243053
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,189,012
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 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 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.
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cameling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A German teenager, Hanna, who associated music with color and for whom color spoke clearly and loudly, manages through the help of her sister, to obtain a housekeeping job in the home of an art dealer. Through his tutelage,and that of his ailing wife, her appreciation for art grows. At dinner parties at the house, she serves artists such as Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and Jalewsky. Later, when she works at the art gallery, her education is further enhanced and her skills in understanding clients and recommending art that they would appreciate is honed. But then Hitler rises in power, and all of Germany is in disarray. Hitler renounces all modern art as degenerate art, seeking to destroy them. Despite her association with a Jewish gallery and her marriage to a Jewish man, Hanna's talent comes to the attention of none other than Hitler. With her children safely ensconced in America, her husband now dead, and without money to leave Germany, she has no choice but to accept a job cataloging hundreds of paintings and sculptures that had been confiscated by the Nazis. But when she realizes that Hitler's intention is to destroy most of the paintings he deemed degenerate, she takes desperate and risky measures to try and rescue some of them, with the intention of returning them to their real owners when it was possible to do so.Her story might never have been told, if not for an art detective finding Hanna's daughter, now in her 80s, and with a presumption that Hanna had been a Nazi collaborator and part of the group that confiscated Jewish owned art for her personal profits. The narrative as told by Hanna is captivating and full of rich detail. However, when we're brought to the present in the interview between Isabella, Hanna's daughter and Lauren, the art detective, the narrative becomes a little choppy.On the whole though, it is a story that once started, compels the reader to read it through to the end.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! A modern day art history detective meets with the daughter of a supposed Nazi collaborator, thought to have helped Hitler steal great works of art. From that we learn Hanna's story and see from within a family and country, Hitler's total dominance of his people. This has a little different slant though which is what made it fascinating for me, because Hanna has synesthesia, she can look at colors and hear music, and becomes am art agent at her Jewish husband's gallery. This novels centers on the many works of art either stolen or destroyed by Hitler, as well as many of the artists. Kadinsky for one, a Russia painters whose painting forms the backdrop of this story. He also has synesthesia, and so he and Hanna have that in common. Well written and a different slant on the history of World War 11.
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?"
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She looks at the sky. "Where are you, Kamehameha?"