The Bowl Is Already Broken

A Novel

Mary Kay Zuravleff

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A big, rewarding novel about art, politics, family, terrorism, courage, and happiness.

Promise Whittaker, the diminutive but decisive acting director of the National Museum of Asian Art, is pregnant again--and that's just the beginning of her difficulties. Her mentor, the previous director, suddenly walked away from his job with no explanation, and now is on a dig somewhere in the Taklamakan desert. Her favorite curator has dropped their newest treasure, a bowl once owned by Thomas Jefferson, during the ceremony celebrating its acquisition. Another colleague, desperate for a son, has been embezzling from the museum to pay for her fertility treatments. And her far too handsome, far too elusive ancillary director is clearly up to no good.
Confronting challenge after challenge at work and at home, Promise is one of the most offbeat, original, winning characters in recent fiction. The Bowl Is Already Broken is all brains, all soul, and all heart--brimming with ideas, provocative, and deeply satisfying.

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Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of The Frequency of Souls (FSG, 1996). A former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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The Bowl Is Already Broken
A Novel
Mary Kay Zuravleff

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

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