The Jewel (Hardback)Neil Hegarty (author)
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At the heart of this moving and unusual novel is a strange painting by a woman who committed suicide rather than live with neglect and pain. Her final glowingly beautiful work was painted with a technique more usual for posters and banners, and not designed to last. She intended it as her shroud. It hangs in a Dublin gallery, and it is desired by a collector who is willing to pay to have it stolen. The thief is a disillusioned, corrupted London artist coping with tragic loss. The curator of the painting is a lonely gallerist whose life centres on her work. And the man charged with recovering the stolen painting is a gay man trapped in an abusive relationship.
The lives of these three damaged people, each evoked with a calm, moving sympathy reminiscent of Michael Cunningham or David Park, come together around the hauntingly strange Victorian painting. Set in London, Dublin, Northern Ireland and various European capitals, The Jewel is a major new novel from an Irish writer coming into his own.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 228 x 145 mm
'A perceptive and moving study of remorse and resilience' John Banville.
'A haunting, beautifully written book about relationships, secrets, and the myriad ways in which the past resonates through the present' Tana French.
'Hegarty has an extraordinary gift for lyrical description' Daily Mail.
'Unsettling and thought provoking' Irish Times.