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Kay has created a fascinating tale, featuring a protagonist like so many wide-eyed expatriates before her, quickly seduced by Florence and the quintessential bohemian couple … Kay twists her tale in refreshing ways, creating a story about deep female relationships, portrayed in all their complexity and nuance.


Compelling. A page-turner. Told mostly in flashbacks, this is an interesting, very readable story of a woman’s struggle with understanding herself, her own sexuality, and the value of truth, especially when it involves those you love. Readers who liked Enchanted April will enjoy The Gilder.


National Geographic Traveler: New Book Roundups
Italian Gold: The Gilder, Kathryn Kay’s debut novel, tells the story of an American art restorer and single mother with a secret, which surfaces when she is invited back to Florence, where she learned her craft, to give a talk. A must-read for anyone traveling to Florence.


Chosen by Indie Bound as a January 2012 Indie Next Pick:
This is the story of a woman whose talents include the restoration and gilding of older works of art. Gilding becomes a metaphor for her inability to face the truths of her past, and she must remind herself that the process is not successful without repairing the foundation upon which the gold leaf is layered. In a tale filled with betrayal and repentance, missed opportunities, and new beginnings, the layers of gold are transformed from denial of the past to real love in the present.

Fran Wilson, Colorado State University Bookstore, Fort Collins, CO


The Gilder by Kathryn Kay featured as a “Best Book Pick” in the January issue of The Sun Magazine.