The Figures Of Beauty

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

byDavid Macfarlane

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A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty and the choices we make that define us for life, from the author of the Giller Prize finalist Summer Gone

A young man travels to Paris in 1968, where a series of unlikely events take him to a tiny village in Italy—and the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy’s life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole.

Oliver Hughson falls in love with wild, bohemian Anna over the course of one glorious summer in Italy. Bound by a sense of responsibility to his adoptive parents back home in Canada, however, he leaves her, an act he will regret for the rest of his life. Narrated by the daughter he never knew he had, The Figures of Beauty is a love story of mythic proportions. Through luck, fate and great good fortune, Oliver found the one place and the one woman he should never have left. This is the story of him trying to find his way back.

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A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty and the choices we make that define us for life, from the author of the Giller Prize finalist Summer GoneA young man travels to Paris in 1968, where a series of unlikely events take him to a tiny village in Italy—and the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on th...

DAVID MACFARLANE has won numerous National Magazine and National Newspaper Awards. His memoir of Newfoundland,The Danger Tree, won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Non-Fiction,and his novel,Summer Gone, was a finalist for the Giller Prize and won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. He writes a weekly column in the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443415960

ISBN - 13:9781443415965

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PRAISE FOR DAVID MACFARLANE:

"Summer Gone is a homage to our most excruciating and beautiful memories. Within this novel is the marvellous height of summer, perfect and fleeting, a place and time we can never get enough of." -THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"I've just discovered The Danger Tree and am stunned. It is so good. About the best prose to ever come out of this country, for my money." -ALICE MUNRO