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Crows Over the Wheatfield
by Adam Braver
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William Morrow, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In Crows over the Wheatfield, Adam Braver has written a novel that is full of human emotion on the edge close to the breaking point but needing to go forward. Claire Andrews, Van Gogh scholar and art history professor at a New England university, has a moment in time she wishes fervently she could relive and change. Just a brief second that has changed her life irrevocably.

Driving home from the university one night in heavy traffic, she hit and killed a ten-year-old boy. Though devoid of legal guilt, her mental anguish takes over her life. She is also in the process of writing a book about the influence physician and art collector Dr. Gachet had on the painter Vincent van Gogh feeling she can prove with her research that Gachet was the driving influence to van Gogh's taking his own life in the wheatfield he had so recently painted.

Understanding the reality of the life of the painter on a trip to France, Claire likens that reality to her own life. Crows over the Wheatfield is delicately written with tenderness and compassion and with a depth of insight that makes readers stop and take stock of their own lives.

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