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The Weighing of the Heart by Paul Tudor Owen is published by Obliterati Press and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.
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 find 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.
For Nick his ambitions to traverse the art world are fuelled with his love for his neighbour Lydia and her deep love for Egypt. However this leads to a collusion to afford this desired life, which Nick desperately hopes will be a means of keeping Lydia’s attentions.
Yet the realisation of the crime committed is enough to strike fear for Nick that appears for him as his own ‘Ba.’ This haunting is what apparently drives a wedge between the two lovers, and although this does not significantly seem to affect Lydia’s life, for Nick the crime provokes a realisation that sin committed in this life will affect the weighing of his heart at death. For if Nick cannot traverse the bridge between life and death his fate will be left to the devourer!
The Weighing of the Heart is a very interesting and thoroughly comprehensive read! Paul Tudor Owen has created a developed story line enriched with the historical significance of the weighing of the heart at the time of death in ancient Egyptian culture.
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.