The Curiosities

The Curiosities The follow up to Susan Gloss s successful debut Vintage is a charming mid western story of artists inspiration and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flairNell Parker has a PhD in A

  • Title: The Curiosities
  • Author: Susan Gloss
  • ISBN: 0062270362
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • The follow up to Susan Gloss s successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flairNell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in Madison, WI But her last pregnancy ended later in the second trimester, and rather than pausing to grieve, she p The follow up to Susan Gloss s successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flairNell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in Madison, WI But her last pregnancy ended later in the second trimester, and rather than pausing to grieve, she pushes harder for testing and fertility treatments Urging Nell to apply for jobs, Josh believes his wife needs something else to focus on other than a baby that may never be.Finding a job turns out to be difficult for an art historian until Nell sees the ad seeking a director for a new nonprofit called the Mansion Hill Artists Colony The colony is the brainchild of the late, unconventional society dame Betsy Barrett, who left behind her vast fortune and a killer collection of modern art to establish an artist in residency program to be run out of her lakeside mansion The executor of Betsy s estate simply hands Nell a set of house keys and wishes her luck.Nell dives into the new role and discovers that while finding artists to fill the three residency slots is easy, managing their eccentric personalities is not There s Odin, a young metal sculptor, who keeps the other residents awake with his late night welding projects And Annie, a dreadlocked granny known for her gritty photography, whom Nell is almost certain is dealing pot out of the basement studio Lastly, Paige, an art student from the university, takes up residence in the third floor turret, experimenting with new printing and design techniques, as well as leading a string of bad boyfriends upstairs when she stumbles home late at night.Despite all the drama, Nell finds something akin to a family among the members of the creative community that she s brought together And when her attraction to Odin begins to heat up, Nell is forced to decide what will bring her greater joy the creative, inspired world she s created, or the familiar but increasingly fragile one of her marriage Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 368 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by William Morrow More Details ISBN 0062270362 ISBN13 9780062270368 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Curiosities, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Top Books Coming Feb 2019 19 books 14 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 13, 2019 Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, emotional, womens fiction Art is like life It s fragile, but that doesn t mean you should never take a risk It always feels serendipitous when a novel lands itself in your hands at just the right moment in life, at a time when you can truly connect and appreciate the journey painted across the pages.My first experience with Susan Gloss s work proof positive that there s solidarity to be found in our shared experiences and vulnerabilities Putting a voice to the things that haunt us the most can often be healing Glo Art is like life It s fragile, but that doesn t mean you should never take a risk It always feels serendipitous when a novel lands itself in your hands at just the right moment in life, at a time when you can truly connect and appreciate the journey painted across the pages.My first experience with Susan Gloss s work proof positive that there s solidarity to be found in our shared experiences and vulnerabilities Putting a voice to the things that haunt us the most can often be healing Gloss introduces readers to Nell, a woman with a PhD in art history struggling to identify her next move in life especially if motherhood is out of the question The tragic loss of Baby Girl Parker, followed by three unsuccessful and very expensive rounds of IVF, find Nell overcome with grief, drowning in debt, and continuously lying to her husband s face Until the opportunity to be the director of an artist s colony lands in her lap and provides a reprieve of sorts It s a cruel joke of nature, really, that our bodies are ready for babies long before our brains I m not sure if there is a string of words fitting to my life For some women, motherhood is a no brainer For others, like myself, it takes a bit time to sign your name on the dotted line for the adventures parenthood promises Once the decision is solidified adding a little to the mix now a definite want it can be defeating and humbling when conception doesn t happen instantaneously Suddenly noticing every pregnant woman and newborn baby within a mile radius is par for the course, I guess And one of the reasons, aside from the similarity in our ages, that I found myself connecting with Nell Gloss takes things a step further, exploring heartbreaking loss, grief and the reality that there is a way through together.What I found interesting was how Gloss juxtaposed the two very different women at the heart of the story Nell, who ached for nothing than to be a mother and Betsy, who never had the desire, opting instead to travel the world with her husband and immersing herself in local art scenes Upon her death, Betsy bequeathed her home, art collection and fortune to provide residencies to artists looking for a time out And in a twist of fate, hope and a much needed lifeline to Nell While the majority of the story is told from Nell s perspective, Betsy and the three artists selected for the inaugural year of the residency, each take turns at the helm Weighed down with art supplies and emotional baggage, Odin, Paige, and Annie form a connection with Nell and one another the creative community becoming a family Their artistic prowess and shared stories the catalyst for healing The flow of Gloss s words, and the relatable woes each character brings to the storyline, work in conjunction to ensnare the reader Brace yourself for the myriad of emotions at play here There were a few times I had assumed the author glossed excuse the pun wink over things, only for her to reveal the full story at a fitting time Much like life, the story comes out in due time, when things feel right Thank you to William Morrow for providing a review copy. flag 208 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Linda Great review, Melissa Hoping your dreams will soon come true Jan 31, 2019 09 19AM Melissa Linda wrote Great review, Melissa Hoping your dreams will soon come true Thank you, Linda I appreciate your kind words Jan 31, 2019 06 38PM Nov 30, 2017 Sonja Yoerg rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves character driven, contemporary, book club Grief makes for powerful stories because it is so personal Even when two people lose the same loved one, their experiences are not the same Perhaps it is the finality of death that makes it so we grieve for a future that like all futures, is wholly personal and, because of death, forever lost How we move forward after losing someone says so much about who we are, and who we might become In The Curiosities, Nell s response to her late miscarriage is complex Her desire for a child consumes h Grief makes for powerful stories because it is so personal Even when two people lose the same loved one, their experiences are not the same Perhaps it is the finality of death that makes it so we grieve for a future that like all futures, is wholly personal and, because of death, forever lost How we move forward after losing someone says so much about who we are, and who we might become In The Curiosities, Nell s response to her late miscarriage is complex Her desire for a child consumes her and leads her to hide from her husband the vast sums she has borrowed in their pursuit of parenthood But her financial straits also lead her to a job as manager of a nascent artist s colony, and it is through this work Nell must find her future one way or another.Gloss weaves Nell s story with that of Betsy Barrett, the deceased arts patron who founded the colony Betsy s life, lived without apology on her own terms, is a clever counterpoint to Nell s struggles Gloss also uses Betsy s narrative to frame the work of the three artists in the colony, each of whom present challenges for Nell, each other and themselves As a reader, I loved the structure of the book As a writer, I admired Gloss s skill in pulling it all together The Curiosities is full of gorgeous, perceptive descriptions of art and its creation you will feel the angst, triumph and joy And I m a tough old bird but Nell s story brought me to tears, darn it Wonderfully written, with memorable characters and deep emotional insights, it was an absorbing, satisfying read with a perfect ending flag 24 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 13, 2019 Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley read, read in 2019, read in january 19 The Curiosities is a beautifully written story of loss, grieving and moving on Susan Gloss expertly weaves loss, promiscuity, the opioid crisis, art and vintage antiques into a highly engaging, emotional page turner flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 06, 2019 Kristy Harvey rated it it was amazing A richly layered tale of the intersection of five very different lives, The Curiosities uniquely depicts how each step in the journey leads us where we re ultimately meant to be Page by page, Gloss proves that the beauty of life like art is often revealed to us a little at a time flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2017 Amy Reichert rated it it was amazing review of another edition loved flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Jessica Strawser rated it it was amazing Driven by an eclectic mix of characters navigating dreams, disappointments, and second chances, THE CURIOSITIES is, at its heart, a celebration of creativity, self, and finding your own way Thoroughly satisfying, from the first page to the last flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Marisa rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites This novel reached into my chest gripped my heart and held on A book of growing, grief, forgiveness and love.Great characters Page turning story This is one of the most beautiful books ive read flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 01, 2019 Debbie Walker Lass rated it really liked it The Curiosities is a novel divided into chapters that are told from the point of view of the individual characters living and working in an artist colony in Madison, Wisconsin Nell Parker, who lives in Madison and has a PhD in art history, is the somewhat reluctant director of the colony, which was created at the behest of Betsy Barrett, the woman that envisioned the colony After the recent loss of her preterm baby, Nell and her husband, Josh, an attorney, have been floundering while undergo The Curiosities is a novel divided into chapters that are told from the point of view of the individual characters living and working in an artist colony in Madison, Wisconsin Nell Parker, who lives in Madison and has a PhD in art history, is the somewhat reluctant director of the colony, which was created at the behest of Betsy Barrett, the woman that envisioned the colony After the recent loss of her preterm baby, Nell and her husband, Josh, an attorney, have been floundering while undergoing a round of infertility treatments The true cost of which Nell keeps to herself Nell took the job as a respite from her reoccurring thoughts of her tragedy, and also because she simply needs the money Chose for her degree and not her managerial savvy, she is thrust into her role when the executor of Betsy s will slaps the keys of a huge, old mansion on the edge of Madison into her hand and drives off.Nell and the residents of the colony, Including deceased benefactor Betsy Barrett all have their stories revealed in their chapters There is Paige, the offbeat recent art school grad, Annie, an older artist of some past renown, and Odin, a young metal sculptor with his own tragic loss looming over his work The first round of residents were chosen by Betsy before she died, and Nell s job is essentially to keep them happily ensconced in the mansion while also tending to a myriad of other duties.While Nell finds herself busily consumed with the activities at the newly minted Mansion Hill Artists Colony, her marriage continues its downward slide until fate, in the form of an arrest at the mansion, allows her to see her buttoned up husband in a new light.The story flows quite naturally around the characters in the book, and although I liked the arc of the novel, for some reason Betsy s first chapter not being introduced until the fifth chapter threw me off I liked that the background and history could be established with this character, however I would have preferred it happened earlier in the book, maybe as part of the Prologue That is just my opinion, of course, and I quickly moved on from the thought as the story progressed.The title caught my eye with this book I think it could have derived from the descriptions of items cataloged by Nell that she found in mansion, but could easily apply to the characters as well, a curious mix of ages and personalities that blend to provide a satisfying and charming read Bookish and Proud flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, edelweiss Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an e galley for honest review.I was really moved by this story Susan Gloss wrote about grief and finding a new way after loss really well, and I loved the connections between the art pieces and what was happening in each individual s life that drew them to make or connect to that work The book is split across 5 perspectives, though, and I wanted a little bit from each of them though better that then being overwhelmed and disliking any of the vo Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an e galley for honest review.I was really moved by this story Susan Gloss wrote about grief and finding a new way after loss really well, and I loved the connections between the art pieces and what was happening in each individual s life that drew them to make or connect to that work The book is split across 5 perspectives, though, and I wanted a little bit from each of them though better that then being overwhelmed and disliking any of the voices TW for miscarriage infant loss definitely teared up on the treadmill reading Nell s experience flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 18, 2019 Nikki rated it it was amazing Speechless That s what this book left me This book leads you through a journey of loss, grief and being able to slowly move on Like a picture in a museum that s painted with fine art strokes, Susan Gloss paints us a story of 5 ppl who come from unlikely backgrounds yet all end up becoming some unique form of family for Nell In the end this book will leave you not only speeachless but with a heartfelt love for Nell I was given this arc for my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 02, 2019 Alissa rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, first reads, friendship I really enjoyed this novel The unique characters and a chance to see characters from the Vintage book I loved the theme of finding yourself and the past present narrative flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Jaymi Couch rated it really liked it The Curiosities by Susan GlossThey say everyone grieves differently and in their own way It s also said that art and creativity can have the power to be healing Author Susan Gloss asks that question as she shares a compelling and beautiful story of a woman who must come to terms with her grief over a late miscarriage Nell is also keeping secrets from her husband and feeling alone and disconnected from him When she is given an opportunity to run an artist s live in residency program, she isn The Curiosities by Susan GlossThey say everyone grieves differently and in their own way It s also said that art and creativity can have the power to be healing Author Susan Gloss asks that question as she shares a compelling and beautiful story of a woman who must come to terms with her grief over a late miscarriage Nell is also keeping secrets from her husband and feeling alone and disconnected from him When she is given an opportunity to run an artist s live in residency program, she isn t sure what she s in for but knows she has to take the job With each chapter, we hear from a different character including the three artists who all bring some kind of personal sorrow or baggage to the mansion We meet their deceased patron of the arts Betsy Barrett through flashback chapters Nell begins to find a family of sorts in the community of artists loved the Sunday dinners She is able to begin to share her own grief instead of holding it in She also finds herself attracted to one of the artists who has also suffered a loss There were many storylines aside from the miscarriage the artist whose girlfriend was killed in a car accident, the artist who sleeps with anyone They all serve to illustrate to Nell the many faces of grief and how they all have different coping mechanisms She is able to gain some perspective and really see her husband and what he s been dealing with I loved the wintry Wisconsin setting and how the author approached such a sensitive subject with respect and compassion The relationship between Nell and her husband was real and complex and I was kept guessing all the way to the end I would recommend this title to someone that enjoys beautifully described vintage art and a slower paced, character driven relationship drama It was emotional and raw and well done flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 25, 2018 Sue rated it really liked it It s been way too long of a wait for a new book by Susan Gloss but I am happy to tell you that the wait is over and the new book is fantastic It has everything needed to make a good novel great characters, friendship, loss and love plus the added descriptions of paintings and sculptures.Nell takes a job as the director of an artist s colony Even though she has a PhD in art history, she hasn t worked in several years while she and her husband go through several rounds of fertility treatments It s been way too long of a wait for a new book by Susan Gloss but I am happy to tell you that the wait is over and the new book is fantastic It has everything needed to make a good novel great characters, friendship, loss and love plus the added descriptions of paintings and sculptures.Nell takes a job as the director of an artist s colony Even though she has a PhD in art history, she hasn t worked in several years while she and her husband go through several rounds of fertility treatments Betsy Barrett had set up the artists colony in her will and after he death, the first group of artists arrived for an in residency program Nell and Betsy are total opposites Nell lives her entire life around the dream of being a mother, Betsy was childless by choice Nell is not sure what she wants to do with her life while Betsy was a strong determined woman who lived her life on her own terms The three artists who arrive for the first in residency program give Nell a chance to learn her new role Not only do the artists work in different mediums but they are totally different types of people, all with lots of personal baggage Will helping these three artists realize their potentials help Nell to recover from her heartbreak and become inspired with her life or will it make her even fragile I enjoyed all the art references in this book and getting to know the various artists they were a very eccentric group of people I especially enjoyed Nell as she tried to turn her life around and discover the person that she really wants to be.Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 19, 2017 Lynn rated it really liked it review of another edition This novel tells the story of two very strong women Elizabeth Barrett, a philanthropist and lover of all things artistic Elizabeth has recently died, and has left her fortune, and her home and all its art and furnishings, in Trust, to be used to fund an artists colony for 12 months of peace and creativity for those selected to participate.Nell Parker has an advanced degree in art, a husband who teaches law at the University, and is at loose ends, when she sees an item in the Classifieds see This novel tells the story of two very strong women Elizabeth Barrett, a philanthropist and lover of all things artistic Elizabeth has recently died, and has left her fortune, and her home and all its art and furnishings, in Trust, to be used to fund an artists colony for 12 months of peace and creativity for those selected to participate.Nell Parker has an advanced degree in art, a husband who teaches law at the University, and is at loose ends, when she sees an item in the Classifieds seeking a Director for this fledgling undertaking She is accepted for the position, and so begins the love affair between Nell and Elizabeth, and between Nell and the artists Through the art and furnishings of the house, we get to know those who lived, and who live, and who work in this most wonderful setting Don t miss this one I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Wm Morrow pub date 08 07 18 flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 18, 2017 Karma rated it it was amazing review of another edition Featuring a cast of characters as varied as the art they create, Susan Gloss s THE JOY COLLECTOR is about chasing dreams, second chances, and the gift of redemption Enchanting and heartfelt flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Dorothy Schwab rated it it was amazing Nell is holding onto a shoebox filled with art gallery catalog pages and photos of people she doesn t even know Standing in front of a house in the Mansion Hill Historic District of Madison, Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Mendota she s wondering how she ended up here Nell and husband, Josh, are struggling mightily with the early delivery and death of their baby daughter, and now the costly journey of IVF, in hopes of another baby, has them deep in debt As Nell takes the job of director of Mansi Nell is holding onto a shoebox filled with art gallery catalog pages and photos of people she doesn t even know Standing in front of a house in the Mansion Hill Historic District of Madison, Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Mendota she s wondering how she ended up here Nell and husband, Josh, are struggling mightily with the early delivery and death of their baby daughter, and now the costly journey of IVF, in hopes of another baby, has them deep in debt As Nell takes the job of director of Mansion Hill Artists Colony, she becomes entangled in the lives of the three residents that the benefactor, Elizabeth Barrett, had chosen before her death The new artists in residence will be Paige Jewell, a young college student whose art medium of preference changes along with the men she s dating Odin Sorenson, sculpture of metal, in his own level of grieving and Annie Beck, already famous but needing to revive her name in the Art World Coming together from three totally different backgrounds, Nell is challenged to form a family where there are three dysfunctional adults each with their own dreams, hoping to find fulfillment at the Mansion Hill Artists Colony By the way, the residency for each artist is 6 months.The reader will come to know the characters and really be pulling for each one in their own set of struggles Susan Gloss does an amazing job revealing the inside feelings of Nell and Josh with their so very different approaches to dealing with death and then infertility So real that I feel like she has a microscope of feelings at her fingertips Book clubs will be discussing for hours.I particularly enjoyed the art references at the beginning of each chapter, and then to read how the piece connected with the characters or plot, was so eye opening Extremely well described, but I still longed for a photo of the art work.The topics of death, grieving and infertility are certainly heavy and so personal, but recovery, reconciliation, and reunions will leave you with a full heart and maybe a new found urge to find an art gallery to explore Maybe a local art gallery or museum would be a fitting place for your book club discussion flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Lori Boyd rated it really liked it 4.5 Stars for this ARC This book has so many layers to it I thought I knew where it was going at the beginning, but I got so much Everyone has a story, and these characters told theirs beautifully, and were so real and raw.Nell, for me is the most relatable Anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with infertility and loss can relate to the monthly roller coaster of hope, mood swings, and feelings of defeat and failure Although my outcome was much happier and no where near as intense as 4.5 Stars for this ARC This book has so many layers to it I thought I knew where it was going at the beginning, but I got so much Everyone has a story, and these characters told theirs beautifully, and were so real and raw.Nell, for me is the most relatable Anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with infertility and loss can relate to the monthly roller coaster of hope, mood swings, and feelings of defeat and failure Although my outcome was much happier and no where near as intense as Nell s, I so could relate Brought back many memories and long talks Very real portrayal Besty, maybe on the other end of the spectrum, is ahead of her time She makes no apologies for it I loved her Her love of all things art leads her to set up a residency for three artist to work on their craft The first year artists are hand picked by Betsy Nell takes the job as the Director of this non profit art program She takes the job as the way to get out of a sticky situation We meet Paige, Annie and Odin, all talented artists running from life All these characters tell their stories with no urgency, slowly unfolding each, till the author finally shares with us in her time, how they intersect The endingr me was perfect Make sure you take time to look up the art described at the beginning of each chapter Thanks to Edelweiss for this ARC All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it it was amazing Nell has been overwhelmed with grief for her stillborn child and inability to get pregnant She s hiding 40,000 in credit card debt debt she incurred for IVF rounds from her husband Josh and she s depressed Then she reads an ad in the local paper and interviews for a position without really knowing what the job will be Finally, she thinks, she ll put her Phd in Art to good use AND hopefully pay down the bill before Josh finds out A wealthy local woman Betsy created a foundation before sh Nell has been overwhelmed with grief for her stillborn child and inability to get pregnant She s hiding 40,000 in credit card debt debt she incurred for IVF rounds from her husband Josh and she s depressed Then she reads an ad in the local paper and interviews for a position without really knowing what the job will be Finally, she thinks, she ll put her Phd in Art to good use AND hopefully pay down the bill before Josh finds out A wealthy local woman Betsy created a foundation before she died and a fund so that artists can have residences at her home, which has been repurposed and Nell is now running it The three artists the first time out Odin, Annie, and Paige are vastly different from one another and yet they too all need space and time to heal This is told in various time frames and from the perspectives of all five people but that s not a problem because Gloss has smoothly woven them together A crisis forces the group, which has been distant from one another, together and propels Nell and Josh forward as well Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC This is nicely written, with sympathetic characters and an engaging plot You ll root for all concerned, especially as you learn their full backstories flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Alissa rated it really liked it This is an oddly uplifting book, despite the fact that it centers around grief so heavily Everyone, at some point in their life, deals with grief loss The characters in The Curiosities are each dealing with different types There s Nell, who lost her daughter after going into labor early Betsy, who s dealing with her own failing health Annie, who s recent photography projects focus on both death addiction This book holds such a random mix of characters, all thrown into each ot This is an oddly uplifting book, despite the fact that it centers around grief so heavily Everyone, at some point in their life, deals with grief loss The characters in The Curiosities are each dealing with different types There s Nell, who lost her daughter after going into labor early Betsy, who s dealing with her own failing health Annie, who s recent photography projects focus on both death addiction This book holds such a random mix of characters, all thrown into each others lives, and the way they and the story come together is lovely Each chapter is told from a different point of view Nell, Betsy, Annie, Paige Odin with Annie Betsy s chapters often taking us back to when they were younger, offering small glimpses into their past This adds to the story, showing us events that helped make each of them into who they become The author did a wonderful job of bringing all of these different characters and stories together Highly recommend, but be sure to have tissues on hand flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Edee rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss I ve been eagerly awaiting a new book from Susan Gloss ever since I fell in love with her writing in Vintage The Curiosities definitely did not disappoint Nell Parker, who has a PhD in Art History, has been undergoing multiple rounds of IVF trying to create the baby that she so desperately wants, desperately enough to charge most of the expenses to credit cards her husband is not aware of Now Nell finds herself without the hoped for baby, mounting credit card debt, a distant husband and no jo I ve been eagerly awaiting a new book from Susan Gloss ever since I fell in love with her writing in Vintage The Curiosities definitely did not disappoint Nell Parker, who has a PhD in Art History, has been undergoing multiple rounds of IVF trying to create the baby that she so desperately wants, desperately enough to charge most of the expenses to credit cards her husband is not aware of Now Nell finds herself without the hoped for baby, mounting credit card debt, a distant husband and no job in sight When she interviews for a position as director for a new non profit artists colony, it might not be her dream come true, but at least it will begin to pay off some of the bills But is Nell prepared to handle all the diverse personalities and issues that come with dealing with budding artists while attempting to mend her broken heart over the failed IVF and patch up her struggling marriage The Curiosities delves into some weighty topics with finesse I really enjoyed the way all the characters are so diverse and perfectly developed I would be interested in revisiting the same characters or even new artists to the artist s colony as well as learning how Nell s life has progressed in the future I very much enjoy the author s writing and while this book was very different from Vintage, the hallmarks of a great story are present in both Four stars I received this book courtesy of William Morrow through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Melissa Nice review, Edee I really enjoyed her writing here as well I ll have to make time for Vintage now Jan 24, 2019 06 05AM Edee Melissa wrote Nice review, Edee I really enjoyed her writing here as well I ll have to make time for Vintage now Thanks so much Melissa Vintage Melissa wrote Nice review, Edee I really enjoyed her writing here as well I ll have to make time for Vintage now Thanks so much Melissa Vintage is a great read Jan 28, 2019 07 10AM Jan 30, 2019 Tanja Ts Book KT Book Reviews rated it it was amazing Review to come Follow us on Twitter Facebook Pinterest BookBabblers Instagram flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Susan Peterson rated it really liked it The Curiosities is a poignant story of love and loss, grief and recovery Told from several points of view, the author has woven their stories together in such a way that connects us to them The story takes place at an artist s retreat, run by a young woman who has suffered great loss, as have the artists in residence Parts of the story are told in flashbacks, enhancing our understanding of these characters and their struggles By the end of the book, my heart had expanded with love for the ch The Curiosities is a poignant story of love and loss, grief and recovery Told from several points of view, the author has woven their stories together in such a way that connects us to them The story takes place at an artist s retreat, run by a young woman who has suffered great loss, as have the artists in residence Parts of the story are told in flashbacks, enhancing our understanding of these characters and their struggles By the end of the book, my heart had expanded with love for the characters and the possibilities what their futures held flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Christine Moore rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss Nell and Josh lose their baby girl early in the pregnancy and both are having a hard time moving on They have tried IVF 3 times and it hasn t worked Nell needs to find a job to pay back the credit cards the money for the IVF before Josh finds out that it wasn t completely covered by insurance Nell gets a job overseeing a house with 3 artists staying there They form a family The chapters are told by Nell, Betsy the former owner of the house, and the 3 artists You learn everyone s stories an Nell and Josh lose their baby girl early in the pregnancy and both are having a hard time moving on They have tried IVF 3 times and it hasn t worked Nell needs to find a job to pay back the credit cards the money for the IVF before Josh finds out that it wasn t completely covered by insurance Nell gets a job overseeing a house with 3 artists staying there They form a family The chapters are told by Nell, Betsy the former owner of the house, and the 3 artists You learn everyone s stories and you realize they all need each other This is a story of grief, loss, and moving on I received an advanced readers copy from Edelweiss and William Morrow All opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 19, 2019 Susan rated it it was amazing Crushed by another failed attempt at IVF, art historian Nell Parker agrees with her husband, Josh, that they should stop trying What Josh doesn t know is the debt they ve racked up in their attempts to have a baby Nell steps in to a directorship position at a local arts colony, unsure of her exact role but eager to escape her own grief and increasingly troubled marriage As she gets to know the three artists inhabiting the arts colony and learns about the benefactor who created it Nell un Crushed by another failed attempt at IVF, art historian Nell Parker agrees with her husband, Josh, that they should stop trying What Josh doesn t know is the debt they ve racked up in their attempts to have a baby Nell steps in to a directorship position at a local arts colony, unsure of her exact role but eager to escape her own grief and increasingly troubled marriage As she gets to know the three artists inhabiting the arts colony and learns about the benefactor who created it Nell understands that she s not the only one healing from past heartbreaks and keeping secrets from others A memorable setting and characters although they could have been developed make this book impossible to put down flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 19, 2019 Tina rated it it was amazing The Mansion Hill Artists Colony is a place of creativity, healing and hope for Nell, Paige, Annie and Odin, who all take turns narrating this story We also learn the story of the benefactor of the Colony, Betsy Barrett Susan Gloss writes a heartwarming novel of how art has the ability to heal even the most damaged of hearts This is the first book I ve read by Gloss and now I m eager to read her debut novel, Vintage And isn t that what art is all about Trying to create just a snippet of som The Mansion Hill Artists Colony is a place of creativity, healing and hope for Nell, Paige, Annie and Odin, who all take turns narrating this story We also learn the story of the benefactor of the Colony, Betsy Barrett Susan Gloss writes a heartwarming novel of how art has the ability to heal even the most damaged of hearts This is the first book I ve read by Gloss and now I m eager to read her debut novel, Vintage And isn t that what art is all about Trying to create just a snippet of something real and true and permanent I received an advanced copy of this book all opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 31, 2018 Faith 09 rated it it was amazing This book made me feel a lot of things I really enjoyed it flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 29, 2018 Ilyssa Wesche rated it liked it Normally I don t like when stories move back and forth through time but I really liked it here, as a way to introduce us to Becky Perhaps a bit predictable but a good vacation read One of three books I read this year with an ambiguous ending flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves chick lit, 2018, advance reader copy Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Gena My Book Reviews for You rated it really liked it Shelves read first The Curiosities was an entertaining novel about people, relationships, and art I liked the way that the characters stories were told and the way that the characters grew in their lives and changed Nell has moved to a new state with her husband Josh so that Josh could start a new job Shortly after this, Nell loses a baby in a miscarriage Since then, Nell has been trying to get pregnant again and her job searching was put on hold She does eventually decide to start working again and takes a The Curiosities was an entertaining novel about people, relationships, and art I liked the way that the characters stories were told and the way that the characters grew in their lives and changed Nell has moved to a new state with her husband Josh so that Josh could start a new job Shortly after this, Nell loses a baby in a miscarriage Since then, Nell has been trying to get pregnant again and her job searching was put on hold She does eventually decide to start working again and takes a position as the director of an art foundation The foundation was dreamed up by the late Betsy Barrett who was a huge follower and collector of all art during her lifetime Betsy left instructions in her will for how the foundation should be created and how her home should be used for an artists colony to stay in Nell s responsibility as director is to follow Betsy s wishes to keep the art foundation going The first group of artists are three very different people with colorful personalities and different backgrounds The artists slowly get to know each other and Nell as the days go by and through the required Sunday dinners Everyone is affected by something that happens one night in the mansion This results in the different artists looking at their own lives and healing from their own difficult pasts Nell also faces what has happened to her and her relationship with her husband as the days go on flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Suzanne rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, first reads Tragedy finds release through common purpose with others Normally I love tales of created substitute families but for whatever reason this book didn t connect with me I m not sure why I just wasn t the right reader for it I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss flag Like see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one 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    1. Susan Gloss is the author of the novels VINTAGE and THE CURIOSITIES She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

    2. Art is like life It s fragile, but that doesn t mean you should never take a risk It always feels serendipitous when a novel lands itself in your hands at just the right moment in life, at a time when you can truly connect and appreciate the journey painted across the pages.My first experience with Susan Gloss s work proof positive that there s solidarity to be found in our shared experiences and vulnerabilities Putting a voice to the things that haunt us the most can often be healin [...]

    3. Grief makes for powerful stories because it is so personal Even when two people lose the same loved one, their experiences are not the same Perhaps it is the finality of death that makes it so we grieve for a future that like all futures, is wholly personal and, because of death, forever lost How we move forward after losing someone says so much about who we are, and who we might become In The Curiosities, Nell s response to her late miscarriage is complex Her desire for a child consumes [...]

    4. The Curiosities is a beautifully written story of loss, grieving and moving on Susan Gloss expertly weaves loss, promiscuity, the opioid crisis, art and vintage antiques into a highly engaging, emotional page turner

    5. A richly layered tale of the intersection of five very different lives, The Curiosities uniquely depicts how each step in the journey leads us where we re ultimately meant to be Page by page, Gloss proves that the beauty of life like art is often revealed to us a little at a time.

    6. Driven by an eclectic mix of characters navigating dreams, disappointments, and second chances, THE CURIOSITIES is, at its heart, a celebration of creativity, self, and finding your own way Thoroughly satisfying, from the first page to the last

    7. This novel reached into my chest gripped my heart and held on A book of growing, grief, forgiveness and love.Great characters Page turning story This is one of the most beautiful books ive read

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