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The Art of Seeing
In this mesmerizing and intimate first novel, Cammie McGovern chronicles the intertwined lives of sisters from childhood through adulthood. Rozzie is flamboyant, brooding, and beautiful, a star in her younger sister Jemma's eyes even when they are still children. When Rozzie takes up acting and, as a teenager, wins a part in a major motion picture, life changes irrevocably for both sisters. Rozzie is catapulted into the adult world of celebrity, a world that brings constant attention but not always comfort. Jemma, feeling directionless in her own life, follows her sister, traveling to movie sets, befriending other actors, relishing her sister's fame, never seeing the strain that the spotlight puts on Rozzie.Only when Jemma develops her own artistic ambitions as a photographer and Rozzie is forced to reveal the secret she has kept from her family for years -- she is suffering from a rare eye condition that threatens her vision -- does Jemma begin to see the truths about her sister and herself that threaten the delicate balance of their relationship. The Art of Seeing is a masterfully crafted and absorbing novel about the nature of celebrity and the powerful and enduring connection between sisters, from a writer of exceptional insight and grace.
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