Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan: A Novel of a Life in Art


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$15.99  $14.87
Mariner Books
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5.2 X 8.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

DEBORAH REED is the author of the novels The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire, and Carry Yourself Back to Me. She has written two thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun. She lives on the coast of Oregon and is the owner of Cloud and Leaf, an independent bookstore in Manzanita, Oregon.


"Reed finely balances the cavalcade of revelations with a poised, multilayered portrait of a complex life."--Booklist

"Gorgeous, luminescent, and imbued with hope, meet Violet Swan, ninety-three years old, and with a heck of a story to tell. Be prepared to be spellbound." --Rene Denfeld, best-selling author of The Child Finder

"A beautiful, shimmering, heart-lifting testament to the power of memory and love and art."--Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

"A poignant and evocative portrait of an artist who transforms loss into tenderness, brush stroke by brush stroke. Violet, well into her nineties, is haunted by secrets and sorrow follows her, as Deborah Reed so beautifully describes, 'like a tired child asking to be lifted into her arms.' When Violet's small coastal town is riven by an earthquake, she turns to the canvas to finally tell her own story, and a family defined by silences finds their way home." --Apricot Irving, author of The Gospel of Trees