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By Kathryn Kay

Set opposed to the beautiful backdrop of Florence, Italy, The Gilder is a compelling and fantastically wrought novel of secrets and techniques, friendship, betrayal, and the straightforward offerings that fluctuate us ceaselessly. . .

In Marina Nesmith's expert palms, even the main tarnished photograph body or objet d'art might be made ideal once more. Her existence, too, turns out ideal, at the very least at the floor. yet increasingly more, Marina is aware of what she lacks--someone to percentage her joys and sorrows with, self assurance within the judgements she's made, and the braveness to inform her teenage daughter, Zoe, the reality approximately her father.

Then Marina is invited to come to Florence, the place she lived years prior to whereas studying her alternate as a gilder. In these heady days, she wandered the city's picturesque streets, marveling on the masterpieces within the Duomo and the Pitti Palace. within the church of Santa Croce, she met Thomas, an American photographer who, with his spouse Sarah, brought Marina to an exhilarating, bohemian international of paintings and sweetness. via them, she additionally realized approximately love, lies, and how one mistake can multiply into many. Now, as her earlier and current collide, Marina will ultimately need to circulate past the tricky veneer she's crafted round herself, and locate the lifestyles that she--and Zoe--have been searching for.

Following collage, Kathryn Kay spent 5 years dwelling in Florence, Italy, the place she studied recovery and gilding. Kathryn is the founding father of the Nantucket Writers Studio, which bargains writing workshops for ladies. She has 3 grownup young ones, and lives on Nantucket Island together with her husband, Robert.

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"After analyzing Kathryn Kay's attractive debut, I had the easiest type of cry. What a gorgeous, emotional novel. I enjoyed the best way she writes approximately love, worthy secrets and techniques, and the darkish unknowability of someone else, regardless of how shut. She writes so good concerning the vulnerability of sturdy ladies, the complexity of lengthy friendship, the methods moms and daughters defend one another, and candy, soft forgiveness." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

"Kathryn Kay's The Gilder, beautifully set within the romantic urban of Florence, reminds us that love, like nice paintings, is usually advanced. Kay leads her gifted artist and loving mom Marina via a brave quest as labyrinthine as an historical Italian road. With patience and fervour, Marina discovers that relationships might be repaired, making what's actually golden shine forth." --Nancy Thayer, New York instances bestselling writer

"The Gilder engages the reader from the first actual line. Amid sensuous information of lifestyles and paintings in Florence, Kathryn Kay tells a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal which eventually transforms right into a tale of affection and redemption." –Holly Chamberlin, writer of Summer Friends

"In my publication at the writing existence I speak about taking dangers and digging deep to discover your voice. I inform my scholars in the event that they dig for gold they're going to locate gold. i've got simply comprehensive Kathryn Kay's debut novel, The Gilder, and, boy, has she hit the mum lode. Her riveting tale of friendship, love, betrayal and forgiveness saved me up approach past my bedtime. Kathryn writes superbly approximately tough issues, the issues that tear humans aside, and he or she does it with such honesty and tenderness that, essentially, her phrases come instantly from the heart." --Nancy Aronie, writer of Writing From The Heart

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Why don’t you supply it a attempt? ” Marina knew Thomas usually wandered the streets at evening whilst he couldn’t sleep, reappearing firstly mild with every kind of items humans had positioned out in the street for the garbage males, issues Thomas thought of treasure, yet Sarah thought of junk. Marina hesitated a second, then fixed the motorcycle and pedaled down the alley and round the nook towards the most road. She hadn’t been on a motorbike in years, however it felt wonderful, and it'll make the trek to the opposite aspect of the river quite a bit quicker. She made a good flip on the finish of the tunnel and headed again towards Thomas, ringing the bell. “This is excellent! ” The brakes squealed a bit as she got here to a cease subsequent to him. “Thank you loads. It’s simply what i would like. ” Thomas smiled. “I recognize. Sarah instructed me that your classification is over close to my studio in Santo Spirito. That’s really a hike from right here. you might want to cease via a while while you’re locally. It’s now not reasonable for Sarah to have all of the enjoyable. ” Sauro’s workshop used to be situated in a warren of streets in the back of Santa Croce, the place it seemed that each ground-floor house was once a few type of workshop. a few had glass home windows so dirty Marina couldn’t see within, and from them all got here both the hum of equipment or the softer vibrations of hand-held saws and hammers. She moved down the road, trying to find the quantity Sauro had given her. She used to be excited to determine his workshop and express him the finished body. Arriving at a large wood door that stood open to the road, she paused, then stepped over the brink. It used to be darkish, and purely the muted chatter of a radio announcer got here from the shadows. As her eyes adjusted, she observed 3 heavy wood workbenches with integrated adjustable vises, each one lighted through a goosenecked lamp. 3 males have been at paintings. on the bench nearest the door, a stooped, outdated guy with skinny, white hair stirred whatever on a Bunsen burner. on the subsequent, an older model of Sauro with salt-and-pepper hair used to be engrossed in carving a wide body. towards the again of the workshop, she observed Sauro stacking packing containers opposed to the wall. She took one other step and stopped. The outdated guy regarded up, yet Marina couldn't inform if he observed her, on the grounds that he bowed his head back and persevered to stir. Sauro’s father nodded at her and referred to as to Sauro, who stopped what he was once doing and got here to greet her. He shook her hand and, indicating the outdated guy who was once now muttering into his pot, stated, “That’s my grandfather,” yet he didn’t take her shut adequate for a private advent. as a substitute, he grew to become to introduce her to his father as his “studentessa Americana. ” Sauro’s father shook her hand, then folded his palms throughout his chest as though to claim, “I’ll think it while I see it. ” Thomas had warned her that she wouldn't be taken heavily, however the proven fact that Sauro had invited her to his grandfather’s workshop proven that at the very least he had religion in her skill and commitment. She didn’t imagine the grandfather will be a lot of a drawback, as he appeared already to have one foot in one other international.

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