The Restoration Artist by Lewis DeSotoThe Restoration Artist by Lewis DeSoto

The Restoration Artist

byLewis DeSoto

Hardcover | May 7, 2013

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The journey of a man who loses everything in one terrible moment

When Leo, a young painter, arrives on La Mouche, a tiny island off the coast of Normandy, in 1966, he is in crisis, devastated by the loss of his French wife and child. The local priest, Père Caron, hopes that the island will in time work its magic and free Leo from guilt and despair. Soon, Leo finds himself strangely drawn to two troubled people: Lorca, a brilliant composer fighting demons from her own past, and Tobias, an orphaned boy whose wildness masks an inability to speak. But can Leo ever move beyond his own losses to find, perhaps, a new definition of love and the restoration of hope?

This luminous novel from the acclaimed author of A Blade of Grass explores the intersection of creativity and love and the ways in which the past is woven into the present. DeSoto’s marvellous painterly eye, his affinity for the natural world and his deep insight into human nature—in particular, the act of artistic creation—have produced an unforgettable work of fiction set in a landscape that is the stuff of dreams.

Lewis DeSotowas born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After moving to Canada, he attended the University of British Columbia, where he received a master of fine arts. His writing has been published in numerous literary journals, and he was awarded theBooks in Canada/Writers' Trust Short Prose Award. A past editor ofThe Literary Review of...
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Title:The Restoration ArtistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002005832

ISBN - 13:9780002005838

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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()