The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker unfortunately languished in Mt. TBR for somewhere close to 5 years before I decided to add it to my tbr_challenge list. I am so pleased that I finally got around to reading it; it's definitely worth the wait!
Set in three different time periods that are woven together expertly through one ancient artifact, Walker shows us history and its effects on us, sometimes consciously and sometimes not. We follow Phillip Manners as he shows up at a British museum to have a cave painting he's inherited scrutinized, not knowing that he's about to set off an international chain of events that will carry he and art historian Lydia Dean to France in search of the origins of the piece. We then switch chapters to see Deer, the ancient young man who paints his community's life on the walls of a cave as he pines for the daughter of a colleague. Finally, in the third installment of the story, we see how Manners's father came into possession of the piece while fighting with the French Resistance during World War 2. Walker ties all these threads together intricately and absorbingly. Excellent writing and a well-thought out story.
You can find my review of this novel written in alternating chapter viewpoints at http://tinyurl.com/5tag6e.