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Ansion 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 luckNell 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 gri. Five very different and complicated stories are told within the pages of The Curiosities by Susan Gloss All are contained by the talented yet somewhat broken and resilient Nell Its a beautiful snapshot into each life I would love for every character to have a shining moment as captain in books to come from this author This is my first read by Susan Gloss so I am not familiar with her previous works but that is about to change What a wonderful way to be introducedTanja Follow us on Twitter Facebook Pinterest BookBabblers Instagram

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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 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 beFinding 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 M. 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 pagesMy 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 uestion 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

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Tty 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 techniues as well as leading a string of bad boyfriends upstairs when she stumbles home late at nightDespite 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 marriag. As many of you know one of my New Year s resolutions was to read books outside my comfort zone I do read a lot of women s fiction but I often pass on books that have anything to do with pregnancy loss or infertilityNot necessarily because it s a sensitive subject but because I often find that it s incredibly heavy and when I read I want something happy This book caught me a little unaware when it came to its subject matter but that was mostly my faultThis cover looks so happy and colorful Just looking at this cover made me think spring I have also seen a lot of hype for this book on my social media and mainly my Facebook group Bloom Tall Poppy Writers This author is a Tall Poppy Writer and when I saw this book up for review I eagerly jumped at it for these two reasons I didn t really know what it was about just that I wanted to read itHad I actually read the description I probably would have passed but I didn t and that was a stoke of luck T


10 thoughts on “The Curiosities

  1. says:

    “Art is like life It’s fragile but that doesn’t mean you should never take a risk” It always feels serendipitous wh

  2. says:

    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 m

  3. says:

    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 antiues into a highly engaging emotional page turner

  4. says:

    I loved Vintage and gave it fours stars when I read it back in 2014 and kept my eye out to see when Susan Gloss would publish another book Unfortunately I found this follow up to Vintage to be disappointing This book doesn't do a good job of linking all of the stories to each other Artists living together in a colony didn't help link things since they were all going through so many things and felt like roommates that pa

  5. says:

    This is an exuisite book about the resilience of the human spirit Nell takes a job as the director of an artist colony that is left in a trust by Betsy Barrett There are three artists in residence Paige Annie and Odin This is their story Each chapter is told in the alternating voices of each character To me this worked beautifully I felt that I knew each character and they captivated me The characters are superbly developed and tr

  6. says:

    Five very different and complicated stories are told within the pages of The Curiosities by Susan Gloss All are contained by the talented yet somewhat broken and resilient Nell Its a beautiful snapshot into each life I would love for every c

  7. says:

    A richly layered tale of the intersection of five very different lives The Curiosities uniuely 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

  8. says:

    I'm not sure I've ever read a book that takes place in my city Recognizing my hometown in this novel was probably my favorite thing From the little idiosyncrasies about Madison like biking in the winter to the street names and plac

  9. says:

    As many of you know one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read books outside my comfort zone I do read a lot of women’s fiction but I often pass on books that have anything to do with pregnancy loss or infertilityNot necessarily because it’s a sensitive subject but because I often find that it’s incredibly heav

  10. says:

    This is an enjoyable book but nothing really special After a failed pregnancy Nell is hied as the director of a residential Artist’s Colony that was created to foster artistic talent It’s founder Betsy Barrett left her sizable estate for it’s creation The book follows the lives of Nell Betsy when she was