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'When Catherine's lover dies suddenly, she has no-one to turn to - their affair had been disguised from their colleagues and his family - except her work. A middle-aged curator in a London museum, Catherine is given a very particular project by the perceptive head of her department: a box of intricate clockwork parts that appear to be the remains of a nineteenth century automaton - a beautifully made mechanical bird.

'When she discovers that the box also contains the diary of the man who commissioned the machine, she is partially rescued from one obsession by another - who were Henry Brandling and the mysterious, visionary clockmaker he hired to make a gift for his absent son? And what was the end result that now sits in pieces in her studio?

'The Chemistry of Tears is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving, a portrait of love and loss that is simultaneously delicate and anarchic. At its heart is an image only the masterful Peter Carey could breath such life into - an object made of equal parts magic, art and science, a delight that contains the seeds of our age's downfall.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Frances Coady
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hamish Hamilton , 2012 .
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      Extent: 269p.
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      • Publication dates: 25 January 2012 (Penguin Australia), April 2012 (Faber UK) and 15 May 2012 (Knopf US and Random House Canada).
      ISBN: 9780307592712
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Knopf ,
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      Extent: 229p.
      ISBN: 9780307592712 (alk. paper)
    • London,
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      Faber ,
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      Extent: 273p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9780571279975 (hbk.)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Random House Canada ,
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      Extent: 229p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9780307361479
Alternative title: Kemija suza
Language: Croatian
    • Zagreb,
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      Profil Knjiga ,
      2013 .
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      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9789533132679

Works about this Work

Review : The Chemistry of Tears Tom Moran , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 27 no. 1 2013; (p. 110-111)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
Madness in His Method Phil Brown , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27-28 July 2013; (p. 20)
Best in Print 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 December 2012; (p. 30)
Grief, Rage, Cognac, and a Computer Alan Hollinghurst , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Review of Books , 16 August vol. 59 no. 13 2012;

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
Driven Things Lidija Haas , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 April no. 5689 2012; (p. 21-22)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
[Review] The Chemistry of Tears Blair Mahoney , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2011/12 vol. 91 no. 6 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
[Review] The Chemistry of Tears Christina Houen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 December - 1 January 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
Inner Workings Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 January 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
Grief and Gadgetry Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 January 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
Words and Mechanics Used as Devices That Imitate Life in All Its Intricate Detail A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2012; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey , 2012 single work novel
Bookmarks Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 1 October 2011; (p. 31)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on Peter Carey's upcoming novel, The Chemistry of Tears. Jason Steger also notes the death of Sara Douglass, the Sisters in Crime 2012 conference and Adrian Hyland's Kinglake-350.
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 January 2012; (p. 21)
Romei looks froward to important publications forthcoming in 2012, including books to mark Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, and new books by American and British writers.
Bodley to Boot Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 25 March 2012; (p. 23)
Best in Print 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 December 2012; (p. 30)
Madness in His Method Phil Brown , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27-28 July 2013; (p. 20)
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