Cup of Light by Nicole Mones

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As an American appraiser of fine Chinese porcelain, Lia Frank holds fragile beauty in her hands, examines priceless treasure with a magnifying lens. But when Lia looks in the mirror, she sees the flaws in herself, a woman wary of love, cut off from the world around her. Still, when she is sent to Beijing to authenticate a collection of rare pieces, Lia will find herself changing in surprising ways…coming alive in the shadow of an astounding mystery.

As Lia evaluates each fragile pot, she must answer questions that will reverberate through dozens of lives: Where did these works of art come from? Are they truly authentic? Or are they impossibly beautiful forgeries--part of the perilous underworld of Chinese art? As Lia examines her treasure, a breathtaking mystery unravels around her. And with political intrigue intruding on her world of provenance and beauty, Lia is drawn into another, more personal drama--a love affair that could alter the course of her life.

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About Nicole Mones

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Nicole Mones has traveled and worked extensively in China since 1977. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
Published April 29, 2003 by Dell. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Horror. Fiction

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Mones (Lost in Translation, 1998) returns to China in a beguiling if overbusy tale of an American who finds love amid the complexities and intrigues of the foreign art world.

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Mones's second novel, after Lost in Translation, twins a conventional romance with an unconventional and intriguing art world mystery. Lia Frank, a specialist

Feb 04 2002 | Read Full Review of Cup of Light


American Nicole Mones has worked and traveled in China for more than 20 years, and her knowledge of the country illuminates every page of A Cup of Light, her second novel.Lia Frank is an American art appraiser sent to Beijing to generate an inventory of some ancient Chinese pottery slated for pur...

Sep 05 2014 | Read Full Review of Cup of Light

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