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Pictures at an Exhibition

(2009)
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Set in a Paris darkened by World War II, Sara Houghteling's sensuous and bracing debut novel tells the story of a son's quest to recover his family's lost masterpieces, looted by the Nazis during the occupation.

Born to an art dealer and his pianist wife, Max Berenzon is forbidden from entering the family's business for reasons he cannot understand. He reluctantly attends medical school, reserving his true passion for his father's beautiful gallery assistant, Rose. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding, returning in 1944 to find that their priceless collection has vanished. Gone are the Matisses, the Picassos, and a Manet of mysterious importance. In Max's obsessive hunt to recover his father's paintings, he navigates a torn city of corrupt art dealers, black marketers, Résistants, and collaborators, uncovering not only paintings but the stories of Rose's heroism, the tragic disappearance of his closest friend, and the truth behind a devastating family secret.

Written with luminous historical detail, and as haunting as the paintings that are reprinted on its pages, Houghteling's novel conjures a mesmerizing world of art and artists, the melancholy of the end of an era, and a timeless story of fathers and sons.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
ISBN: 0-307-26685-0 / 978-0-307-26685-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

February 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
ISBN: 0-307-38630-9 / 978-0-307-38630-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

February 2009 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
ISBN: 0-7393-8213-6 / 978-0-7393-8213-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
ISBN: 0-7393-8212-8 / 978-0-7393-8212-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sony
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Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author(s): Sara Houghteling
Publisher: Vintage
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