|By||Paul Tudor Owen|
‘Sooner or later, everybody comes to New York…’
Following a sudden break-up, Englishman in New York Nick Braeburn takes a room with the elderly Peacock sisters in their lavish Upper East Side apartment, and finds himself increasingly drawn to the priceless piece of Egyptian art on their study wall – and to Lydia, the beautiful Portuguese artist who lives across the roof garden.
But as Nick draws Lydia into a crime he hopes will bring them together, they both begin to unravel, and each finds that the other is not quite who they seem.
Paul Tudor Owen’s intriguing debut novel brilliantly evokes the New York of Paul Auster and Joseph O’Neill.
Paul Tudor Owen was born in Manchester in 1978, and was educated at the University of Sheffield, the University of Pittsburgh, and the London School of Economics.
He began his career as a local newspaper reporter in north-west London, and currently works at the Guardian, where he spent three years as deputy head of US news at the paper’s New York office.
“At once romantic and hard-boiled, The Weighing of the Heart is an affectionate tribute to the way New York City can make a young man feel invincible.”
– Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks is Dead
“In his debut novel, Paul Tudor Owen offers a swift and engrossing take on art, New York City, and the fog created by true obsession. Equal parts heist novel and a meditation on the rules of fate.”
– Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses