The Blue Guitar by John Banville

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ISBN: 9780385354264
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 15th, 2015

Oliver Orme is both a successful and a failed artist. He's made enough money to return to his hometown with a beautiful young wife and buy the big house on the hill, but he has stopped painting, leaving him a bit listless. Oliver is also an admitted kleptomaniac—he likes to steal things that will certainly be missed, like one half of a set of ceramic figurines or a special book of poetry or, worst of all, his friend's wife. His muse gone and his philandering discovered, Orme becomes the bête noire of his small-town coterie, so he sits down to write his narrative as a way to hold together a life that seems to be unraveling before his eyes. It's a subtle novel, but it's classic Banville; it has a lot to say about art, love, deception, family, class and the shiftiness of human relationships. – Kenneth Loosli