The Curiosities

The Curiosities

The follow-up to Susan Gloss?s successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid-western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flair Nell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in Madison, WI. But her last pregnancy ended later in the second trimester, and rather than pausing to grieve, she p The follow-up to Susan Gloss?s successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid-western story of artists, inspiration...

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Title:The Curiosities
Author:Susan Gloss
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0062270362
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Curiosities Reviews

  • Sue
    Aug 25, 2018
    It's been way too long of a wait for a new book by Susan Gloss but I am happy to tell you that the wait is over and the new book is fantastic! It has everything needed to make a good novel - great characters, friendship, loss and love plus the added descriptions of paintings and sculpt...
  • Tammy
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Curiosities is a beautifully written story of loss, grieving and moving on. Susan Gloss expertly weaves loss, promiscuity, the opioid crisis, art and vintage antiques into a highly engaging, emotional page turner! ...
  • Alissa
    Jan 02, 2019
    I really enjoyed this novel. The unique characters (and a chance to see characters from the Vintage book). I loved the theme of finding yourself. and the past/present narrative. ...
  • Marzie
    Feb 05, 2019
    The Curiosities follows the life of Nell, a young woman with a Ph.D. in art history, who has recently suffered a miscarriage followed by a series of failed IVF attempts. Nell's husband Josh has overcome his feelings of loss by throwing himself into his work. And he's having great suc...
  • Amanda
    Oct 29, 2018
    Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC. ...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 16, 2019
    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an e-galley for honest review. I was really moved by this story. Susan Gloss wrote about grief and finding a new way after loss really well, and I loved the connections between the art pieces and what was happening in each individual's lif...
  • Betty
    Feb 17, 2019
    I enjoyed Gloss? first book VINTAGE so was looking forward to reading her second novel. I can?t say I enjoyed it as much as her first one but it was still an enjoyable read. Nell Parker, who has a PhD in Art History, needs a job so she can pay off credit card debts that her husb...
  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
    Jan 30, 2019
    Five very different and complicated stories are told within the pages of The Curiosities by Susan Gloss. All are contained by the talented, yet somewhat broken and resilient Nell. Its a beautiful snapshot into each life. I would love for every character to have a shining moment as capt...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Feb 17, 2019
    As many of you know, one of my New Year?s resolutions was to read more books outside my comfort zone. I do read a lot of women?s fiction, but I often pass on books that have anything to do with pregnancy loss or infertility. Not necessarily because it?s a sensitive subject, bu...
  • Nikki
    Jan 18, 2019
    Speechless! That?s what this book left me! This book leads you through a journey of loss, grief and being able to slowly move on. Like a picture in a museum that?s painted with fine art strokes, Susan Gloss paints us a story of 5 ppl who come from unlikely backgrounds yet all end u...
  • Lori Boyd
    Jan 29, 2019
    4.5 Stars for this ARC! This book has so many layers to it! I thought I knew where it was going at the beginning, but I got so much more! Everyone has a story, and these characters told theirs beautifully, and were so real and raw. Nell, for me is the most relatable. Anyone who ...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    Nov 30, 2017
    Grief makes for powerful stories because it is so personal. Even when two people lose the same loved one, their experiences are not the same. Perhaps it is the finality of death that makes it so; we grieve for a future that like all futures, is wholly personal and, because of death, fo...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Feb 19, 2019
    Summary: Wonderful characters and friendships, vivid descriptions, just a little light and neatly wrapped up. After a miscarriage and several failed IVF treatments, Nell's marriage has become strained and her job has been on hold for years. To distract herself, she decides to take ...
  • Chris Conley
    Mar 18, 2019
    So good. This book has so man6 different layers. I confess that it handles grief in a way that really appealed to me. I got it! ...
  • Marisa
    Jan 16, 2019
    This novel reached into my chest gripped my heart and held on. A book of growing, grief, forgiveness and love. Great characters. Page turning story. This is one of the most beautiful books ive read! ...
  • Jaymi Couch
    Oct 12, 2018
    The Curiosities by Susan Gloss They say everyone grieves differently and in their own way. It?s also said that art and creativity can have the power to be healing. Author Susan Gloss asks that question as she shares a compelling and beautiful story of a woman who must come to term...
  • Lynn
    Dec 19, 2017
    This novel tells the story of two very strong women. Elizabeth Barrett, a philanthropist and lover of all things artistic. Elizabeth has recently died, and has left her fortune, and her home and all its art and furnishings, in Trust, to be used to fund an "artists colony" for 12 m...
  • Linda Zagon
    Feb 02, 2019
    fullsizeoutput_3b95.jpegLinda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Curiosities? by Susan Gloss, William Morrow, February 5, 2019 Susan Gloss, Author of ?The Curiosities? has written an intriguing, and entertaining novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women?s Fiction...
  • Melissa
    Jan 13, 2019
    ?Art is like life. It?s fragile, but that doesn?t mean you should never take a risk.? It always feels serendipitous when a novel lands itself in your hands at just the right moment in life, at a time when you can truly connect and appreciate the journey painted across the ...
  • Susan Peterson
    Jan 29, 2019
    The Curiosities is a poignant story of love and loss, grief and recovery. Told from several points of view, the author has woven their stories together in such a way that connects us to them. The story takes place at an artist?s retreat, run by a young woman who has suffered great lo...
  • The Bookend Diner
    Feb 21, 2019
    "Art is like life. It's fragile, but that doesn't mean you should never take a risk." Nell Parker has a PHD, a wonderful marriage, a beautiful home and another negative pregnancy test. After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl who lived for a very short time and four failed ...
  • Deborah Blanchard
    Feb 06, 2019
    This is an exquisite book about the resilience of the human spirit. Nell takes a job as the director of an artist colony that is left in a trust by Betsy Barrett. There are three artists in residence, Paige, Annie and Odin. This is their story. Each chapter is told in the alternating v...
  • Karma
    Oct 18, 2017
    Featuring a cast of characters as varied as the art they create, Susan Gloss?s THE JOY COLLECTOR is about chasing dreams, second chances, and the gift of redemption. Enchanting and heartfelt! ...
  • Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
    Feb 18, 2019
    I'm not sure I've ever read a book that takes place in my city. Recognizing my hometown in this novel was probably my favorite thing! From the little idiosyncrasies about Madison (like biking in the winter) to the street names and places, I loved that I got to see this place take cente...
  • Kristy Harvey
    Jan 06, 2019
    A richly layered tale of the intersection of five very different lives, The Curiosities uniquely depicts how each step in the journey leads us where we're ultimately meant to be. Page by page, Gloss proves that the beauty of life-like art-is often revealed to us a little at a time. ...
  • Linda Smith
    Feb 08, 2019
    I admit it - if a book has quirky characters; it probably will score a homerun with me. Throw in an underdog, a rebel and a mother hen and the game is won! This one is a winner! Susan Gloss has created characters who are grieving and trying to regain normalcy in their lives again. Som...
  • Obsidian
    Apr 29, 2019
    I loved "Vintage" and gave it fours stars when I read it back in 2014 and kept my eye out to see when Susan Gloss would publish another book. Unfortunately, I found this follow-up to "Vintage" to be disappointing. This book doesn't do a good job of linking all of the stories to each ot...
  • Debbie Walker-Lass
    Feb 01, 2019
    "The Curiosities? is a novel divided into chapters that are told from the point of view of the individual characters living and working in an artist colony in Madison, Wisconsin. Nell Parker, who lives in Madison and has a PhD in art history, is the somewhat reluctant director of the...
  • Jessica Strawser
    Jan 30, 2019
    Driven by an eclectic mix of characters navigating dreams, disappointments, and second chances, THE CURIOSITIES is, at its heart, a celebration of creativity, self, and finding your own way. Thoroughly satisfying, from the first page to the last! (I was fortunate to read an early copy ...
  • Dorothy Schwab
    Jan 28, 2019
    Nell is holding onto a shoebox filled with art gallery catalog pages and photos of people she doesn?t even know. Standing in front of a house in the Mansion Hill Historic District of Madison, Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Mendota; she?s wondering how she ended up here! Nell and husba...