The Bowl Is Already Broken

A Novel

Mary Kay Zuravleff

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Promise Whittaker, the diminutive but decisive acting director of the Museum of Asian Art, is pregnant again--and that's just the beginning of her problems. Her mentor, the previous director, has suddenly quit, and is on a dig in China's Taklamakan Desert. Her favorite curator has dropped a priceless porcelain bowl, once owned by Thomas Jefferson, down the museum's steps. Another colleague has been embezzling from the museum to pay for her fertility treatments. And her far too handsome ancillary director is clearly up to no good. Promise's offbeat efforts to hold everything together make her a character who, in the words of the Newark Star-Ledger, "you'll be falling in love with before you've turned the first page."

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"An authoritative novel about the museum world. . . . Her wit is equal to her wisdom."--The Seattle Times

"The Smithsonian Institute is many things, most of them quite wonderful . . . but to the best of my knowledge it has rarely if ever been the inspiration and setting for a novel. . . . Zuravleff is very smart, knows her subject and writes very well."--The Washington Post

"This multi-layered, erudite novel implies that it is only in the face of destruction, in the gathering of the shards, that meaning and humanity reside."--San Francisco Chronicle

"The Bowl Is Already Broken is pure delight. . . . All of us would enjoy this book."--The Roanoke Times

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Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Kay Zuravleff, a former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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The Bowl Is Already Broken
A Novel
Mary Kay Zuravleff

Trade Paperback

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Picador
March 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312424985
ISBN10: 0312424981
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$18.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2006
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ISBN: 9781429923903
ISBN10: 1429923903
432 pages
$7.99
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