The Round Barn

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UPNE, Feb 1, 2004 - Travel - 269 pages
3 Reviews
In a deft and satisfying debut, Suzi Wizowaty skillfully weaves multiple story lines, told in a variety of voices, around the acquisition and relocation of a historic round barn by a museum in northern Vermont. With sympathy and insight, Wizowaty creates a range of characters--men and women, gay and straight--who wrestle with the consequences of frustrated desires.

They include Tuesday Bailey, chief of buildings and grounds for the museum, who suffers from unrequited love for his cousin and childhood companion Mary, now the wife of the owner of the general store. Mary herself has suffered from a lifelong spiritual yearning, but just as she has settled on dowsing as her life's calling, she is confronted with her own mortality. Tuesday's friend Didi, the museum's public relations coordinator, contemplates an adulterous relationship with a local reporter--a man--at the risk of her happy and stable longtime relationship with her female partner. Didi's eighteen-year-old nephew David arrives for a summer visit, consumed by the sense that his own life has yet to begin but eager for it to do so.

Over the course of the summer, the round barn is repeatedly vandalized, while the museum community is split by a controversial plan to sell off some of its paintings to raise funds. For some of the characters, the summer will also prove a decisive turning point in their long struggle with thwarted dreams.
  

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User Review  - Jacqueline - Goodreads

Interesting in many aspects - archeological, interpersonal, philosophical. I found myself identifying, somewhat, with each of the characters. This was a pretty good read, and a real surprise as I only picked up this book for the photo and information on round barns. Read full review

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User Review  - Joanne - Goodreads

What a great book. Loved the characters! Love the themes - struggles with relationships, relatives, art, museums, vermont, young love, older love, gay love, straight love, mother love, architecture, and more. Motivated to visit the Shelburn Museum this summer! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
17
Section 2
30
Section 3
36
Section 4
43
Section 5
58
Section 6
64
Section 7
80
Section 8
99
Section 15
194
Section 16
200
Section 17
208
Section 18
210
Section 19
214
Section 20
222
Section 21
224
Section 22
227

Section 9
105
Section 10
131
Section 11
135
Section 12
163
Section 13
167
Section 14
190
Section 23
229
Section 24
236
Section 25
237
Section 26
241
Section 27
243
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About the author (2004)

SUZI WIZOWATY lives with her longtime partner in Burlington, Vermont, where she is associate director of Northern New England Tradeswomen and teaches writing at St. Michael's College. This is her first novel.

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