Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan by Deborah Reed audiobook

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

By Deborah Reed
Read by Andi Arndt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HMH Audio 9780544817364
8.90 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780358311829

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    ISBN: 9781094145426

The story of a famous abstract painter at the end of her life—her family, her art, and the long-buried secrets that won’t stay hidden for much longer. Ninety-three-year-old Violet Swan has spent a lifetime translating tragedy and hardship into art, becoming famous for her abstract paintings, which evoke tranquility, innocence, and joy. For nearly a century Violet has lived a peaceful, private life of painting on the coast of Oregon. The “business of Violet” is run by her only child, Francisco, and his wife, Penny. But shortly before Violet's death, an earthquake sets a series of events in motion, and her deeply hidden past begins to resurface. When her beloved grandson returns home with a family secret in tow, Violet is forced to come to terms with the life she left behind so long ago—a life her family knows nothing about. A generational saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America and into the present day, Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan is the story of a girl who escaped rural Georgia at fourteen during World War II, crossing the country alone and broke. It is the story of how that girl met the man who would become her devoted husband, how she became a celebrated artist, and above all, how her life, inspired by nothing more than the way she imagined it to be, would turn out to be her greatest masterpiece.

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Summary

Summary

The story of a famous abstract painter at the end of her life—her family, her art, and the long-buried secrets that won’t stay hidden for much longer.

Ninety-three-year-old Violet Swan has spent a lifetime translating tragedy and hardship into art, becoming famous for her abstract paintings, which evoke tranquility, innocence, and joy. For nearly a century Violet has lived a peaceful, private life of painting on the coast of Oregon. The “business of Violet” is run by her only child, Francisco, and his wife, Penny. But shortly before Violet's death, an earthquake sets a series of events in motion, and her deeply hidden past begins to resurface. When her beloved grandson returns home with a family secret in tow, Violet is forced to come to terms with the life she left behind so long ago—a life her family knows nothing about.

A generational saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America and into the present day, Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan is the story of a girl who escaped rural Georgia at fourteen during World War II, crossing the country alone and broke. It is the story of how that girl met the man who would become her devoted husband, how she became a celebrated artist, and above all, how her life, inspired by nothing more than the way she imagined it to be, would turn out to be her greatest masterpiece.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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.
“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, author of The Child Finder
“Reed finely balances the cavalcade of revelations with a poised, multilayered portrait of a complex life.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Deborah Reed

Author Bio: Deborah Reed

Deborah Reed iis the author of four novels: The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire, and Carry Yourself Back to Me. She has also written two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun. Deborah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is codirector of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the US and in Europe. She lives on the coast of Oregon.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 8.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English