September 1, 2005 by J. Johnson
Louise T. Jones, Assistant Director, Research Services Collections, Historic Preservation and Statewide Outreach, Ohio Historical Society, recommends The Bowl Is Already Broken by Mary Kay Zuravleff (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.)
“I have been reading this slowly, savoring the knowledge that there are collections professionals out there with deeper problems than my little puddles!”
The author is a former Smithsonian editor and also the author of The Frequency of Souls. Her latest novel tracks the mishaps and hard-won triumphs of the staff of a little museum that could, Washington, D.C.’s fictitious Museum of Asian Art. Promise Whitakker has just been named acting director of the Museum of Asian Art, a museum the administration is trying to close. When her best friend, and fellow curator, breaks a porcelain bowl once owned by Thomas Jefferson, it may be the end of all of them, or
their saving grace. Although there are a few too many subplots involving characters the author doesn’t have time to flesh out, this is an enjoyable novel that touches on subjects from Asian art and philosophy to cancer and infertility.