The Chemistry of TearsBook - 2012
London 2010. Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of 13 years. As the mistress of a married man, she has to grieve in private. Her boss at the museum, aware of Catherine's grief, gives her a special project--to piece together both the mechanics and the story of an extraordinary and eerie automaton. The mechanical creature is a clockwork puzzle, commissioned in 19th-century Germany by an English man, Henry Brandling, as a "magical amusement" for his consumptive son. Linked by the mysterious automaton, Catherine and Henry's stories intertwine across time to explore the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.
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"Yes, I felt the absence of my own son - an awful ache - but only love provides the lucky man such symptoms."
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