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Of Love and Gravity unravels the tangled alliances made between men and Woman, Nature and Art. A passionate young painter, Laurie McPhee, is so engrossed in trapping the moments of wonder on the Hebridean islands of his home that Valerie, his new wife of barely a year, leaves him alone with his little pieces of land, eventually to marry her tutor, the mature and urbane Iain Stewart; the painter’s mentor and agent. Iain is nervous in his possession, especially when he sees the Island Books, a vivid account of the Eden-like existence lived by his young wife and his protégé on the tiny island of Oronsay. Anxious that he must have been a disappointment to Valerie, Iain seeks the truth in their shared pasts and possible futures but finds only contradiction and illusion.

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