The Restoration Artist

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byLewis DeSoto

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The journey of a man who loses everything in one terrible moment, from the acclaimed author of A Blade of Grass

Leo Millar is a young painter in Paris who seems to have it all—a beautiful French wife, a talented young son, a thriving career. After years spent as a lonely orphan, Leo basks in a sense of belonging, until one dreadful instant robs him of all that he cherishes.

Overcome by guilt and despair, he flees to a tiny, rugged island off the coast of Normandy. With its timeless customs and wild natural beauty, the island soon works its magic, and Leo encounters a brilliant but troubled musician who is fighting her own demons. But it is only when a strange, damaged child enters Leo’s life that he has a chance to move beyond his own losses and find, perhaps, a new definition of love and the restoration of hope.

This luminous novel transports us to a place of elemental beauty—of stone and salt, of light and shadow, of solitude and community. Here, old promises are kept alive in the heart and given new expression.

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The journey of a man who loses everything in one terrible moment, from the acclaimed author of A Blade of GrassLeo Millar is a young painter in Paris who seems to have it all—a beautiful French wife, a talented young son, a thriving career. After years spent as a lonely orphan, Leo basks in a sense of belonging, until one dreadful inst...

LEWIS DESOTOwas born in South Africa and moved to Canada as a teenager. His first novel,A Blade of Grass, was an international bestseller. Longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the novel was also a finalist for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan Internation...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006393772

ISBN - 13:9780006393771

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"With the language of a poet and the eye of a painter, Lewis DeSoto has written a book of astonishing depth. This timeless novel lures the reader to a near-mythical island of beauty and longing, and there explores loss, grief and the meaning not only of art but of life itself." - Lauren B. Davis, author of Our Daily Bread and The Empty Room