When the wife of renowned art critic Daniel Lichtmann plunges to her death, she is not alone. Lying next to her is her suspected lover, Benjamin Wind, the very artist Daniel most championed. Tormented by questions about the circumstances of their deaths, Daniel dedicates himself to uncovering the secrets of their relationship and the inspiration behind Wind’s dazzling final exhibition.
What Daniel discovers is a web of mysteries leading back to pre-World War II Vienna and the magnificent life of Josef Pick, a forgotten artist who may have been the twentieth century’s greatest painter of love. But the most astonishing discoveryis what connects these two artists acrosshalf a century: a remarkable woman whose response to the tragedy of her generation offers Daniel answers to the questions he never knew to ask.
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- What were your general impressions of the book?
- Is this a book you would have read had you not been reading it for a book club?
- Did you find the title to be an appropriate one for the novel? Did it shape your experience and thoughts while reading? How?
- What surprised you most about reading The Marriage Artist? Is there a person in the book you would most like to meet? What would you want to discuss with them?
- Did you prefer one of the stories (historical versus contemporary) over the others? How well did they seem to work together?
- What caused Josef’s antagonistic relationship towards marriage and how did that influence his eventual relationship with Hannah?
- What did you think about Max’s actions and feelings towards Herman and Hannah? Why did he make the choices he did?
- Why do you think David cared so much about Max and Benjamin’s past?
- What kinds of questions did you have during your reading? Were they answered?
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