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Overview When Rachel Piers, a brilliant young conservateuse at a Manhattan art gallery, is given the dream assignment of restoring a mysterious medieval painting in a church in Rome, she seizes the opportunity. Not only will she advance her career in one of the most inspiring and romantic cities in the world, but she can finally leave behind a bitter divorce and an even more painful childhood incident. But as Rachel meticulously restores the damaged artwork, and slowly discovers the true origins of the painting, she uncovers layers of her soul that she would rather be kept hidden. Written in lucid and descriptively sumptuous prose, Unveiling brings the ancient city of Rome vividly to life and reveals a courageous woman coming to terms with a tragic past.
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Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe are the parents of four children. Gregory is the publisher and editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion and is writer in residence at Seattle Pacific University. Suzanne is professor of English Literature at Seattle Pacific University and the author of Unveiling: A Novel.
Suzanne M. Wolfe currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
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Beautifully written! Sep 30, 2007
I found Unveiling to be a very beautifully written book. The characters, content, and plot were lyrically, sensitively, and subtly rendered. I look forward to reading more of her work!
A passionate and powerful novel especially recommended for readers of faith. Jun 9, 2007
Written by English teacher Suzanne M. Wolfe, Unveiling is a Christian novel about a divorced woman working on an art restoration project. As she removes layers of grime from what may be a lost Flemish masterpiece of the Crucifixion, she gradually uncovers the misery that has been obscuring her soul - repressed emotion concerning not only her divorce, but also past sexual abuse and a forced abortion. The burdens of the past weigh upon her, but the dawning of faith and understanding help her in her search to restore what time, neglect, and harm have defiled, both externally and internally. A passionate and powerful novel especially recommended for readers of faith.
Not Impressed!!! Nov 21, 2005
This book is sold by a "Christian" Publisher. I did not find any Christian value or interest in this novel. There are even outside of marriage-sexual-undertones, definitely not characteristic of a Christian novel. I found Rachel, the protagonist to be flat, dull and without personality. There is also a major discrepancy in the book. I can't remember the exact chapter, but at one point Rachel's assistant Pia once again goes away from Rome to perform research in a different part of Europe. A few pages later, Pia, the assistant that went away to perform research is standing in Rome as part of a conversation. Did the editors and author not catch this? This bugs me in a published novel, such a simple mistake can make abook seem ill-written. Definitely NOT a must read! Just my 2 cents
The beginnings of a good novel Oct 31, 2005
Like other reviewers, I was somewhat disappointed. The concept - an art restorer restores her life at the same time as she restores an art piece, the Lamentation - has great potential, but the author doesn't quite get there. Perhaps it is partly because her main character is so passive. Even when she's active she's passive - she opposes the expectations placed on her to misidentify the picture for political reasons by her decision to let the evidence carry her wherever it leads, and when sacked for not coming up with the right answer she "goes quietly". She finds love with a good man, but again responds passively to his advances, and there is no real exploration of the emotional shifts involved in her participating in this relationship.
The investigation of the mystery of the painting's origin isn't given the space it deserves, and is summed up in a presentation by the main character at the end, giving too much resolution without much tension having been built up.
Two of the characters (Pia and Nigel) are more like parts of the setting that happen to have lines than realized characters. I would have liked to follow Pia to Belgium and hear about the process of her research, rather than having it summed up in Rachel's presentation at the end, and Nigel could have been dispensed with without any loss at all.
The details of art restoration were interesting, and the moral point about the importance of great works of religious art being retained as objects of devotion rather than converted into cultural commodities is a good one. But a good writing workshop could have made this a much stronger and more enjoyable novel.
a little disappointed Apr 19, 2005
When I picked up this novel I expected some depth. What I found was a story that did not quench my apetite. I felt that it lacked real meat. The bones where there but I was not satisfied. I almost felt that wolfe was trying to be the next Dan Brown. However, she did not get to that point because there was not enough substance. Sorry Ms. Wolfe, I am sure (as your students inform us) that you are a great professor, but your book left me wanting more, and not as in a sequal.