A Trick of the Light (Book 7) Re-Read

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A Trick of the Light, Part 2

A diptych is art pieces designed to be displayed together where the meaning of one artwork is deepened by reference to its pair. The first half of A Trick of the Light opens with Clara Morrow’s triumphant vernissage and the electric reaction to her portrait of poet Ruth Zardo as the aged Virgin Mary. This is the painting that captivates Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and over which the international press raves. In the second half of the novel, we discover A Trick of the Light is really a diptych—it is a book about more than one triumphant piece of art and more than one newly discovered artist.

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A Trick of the Light, Part 1

We all love those scenes where Gamache meets a new officer of the Sûreté and instead of overawing them he shows kindness and curiosity. It was like this for me when I met Louise Penny, the Chief Inspector of our publishing adventures together in Canada.

We at Raincoast had just signed on to help with book promotion in Canada, it was the middle of June and A Trick of the Light was publishing in August. Not much time.

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Jamie BroadhurstJamie Broadhurst is VP of Marketing at Raincoast, an award winning, Canadian-owned book wholesale and distribution company based in Vancouver, BC. When not working at Raincoast, or teaching at Simon Fraser University, he's reading and playing with his son.