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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Art of Seeing

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Publisher Comments:

In this mesmerizing and intimate first novel, Cammie McGovern chronicles the intertwined lives of sisters from childhood through adulthood. Rozzie is flamboyant, brooding, and beautiful, a star in her younger sister Jemma's eyes even when they are still children. When Rozzie takes up acting and, as a teenager, wins a part in a major motion picture, life changes irrevocably for both sisters. Rozzie is catapulted into the adult world of celebrity, a world that brings constant attention but not always comfort. Jemma, feeling directionless in her own life, follows her sister, traveling to movie sets, befriending other actors, relishing her sister's fame, never seeing the strain that the spotlight puts on Rozzie. Only when Jemma develops her own artistic ambitions as a photographer and Rozzie is forced to reveal the secret she has kept from her family for years — she is suffering from a rare eye condition that threatens her vision — does Jemma begin to see the truths about her sister and herself that threaten the delicate balance of their relationship. The Art of Seeing is a masterfully crafted and absorbing novel about the nature of celebrity and the powerful and enduring connection between sisters, from a writer of exceptional insight

Review:

"Cammie McGovern's The Art of Seeing is about vision, the sale of imagery, fame, and betrayals. That it is also about two sisters wrapped in a web of love and mutual distrust simply makes it all the more intricate, and her book, as a result, is lively, observant, and wonderfully readable." Charles Baxter author of The Feast of Love

Review:

"I was entranced by The Art of Seeing. Cammie McGovern has devised an artful, imaginative structure for exploring the age-old and ongoing drama that is the relationship between two sisters. The writing is disarming in its honesty and lack of pretension and yet at the same time delicately nuanced. My two daughters are vying over who gets to read it next." Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey author of A Woman of Independent Means

Review:

"The Art of Seeing is a beautiful, compelling, engulfing novel. With wit and tenderness, Cammie McGovern captures the excruciatingly delicate nature of the relationship between sisters, how the slightest shift disturbs the equilibrium, how enormous changes obliterate it. By weaving their past and present, revealing their secrets one by one, McGovern tells the tale of how these two women come to finally and truly see each other." Lily King author of The Pleasing Hour

Review:

"This first novel, by the sister of movie actress Elizabeth McGovern, may be narrated by the sister of a movie actress, but it doesn't read like a roman a clef; the scenes around the movie sets on which Rozzie has become a star as a teenager are oddly muted and unrevealing, while the inner life of narrator Jemma carries the book." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

In this mesmerizing and intimate literary debut, McGovern chronicles the intertwined lives of sisters, from childhood through adulthood. Written by the sister of actress Elizabeth McGovern, this first novel is a masterfully crafted and absorbing statement about the nature of celebrity and visibility, and the powerful and enduring connection between sisters and families.

About the Author

Cammie McGovern was a Stegner Fellow and received the Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. Her fiction has been published in Redbook, Seventeen, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, and other journals. She is the author of a second novel, Eye Contact.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743228350
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
McGovern, Cammie
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Actresses
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Blind women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
20020730
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.48x6.40x.95 in. 1.19 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743228350 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Cammie McGovern's The Art of Seeing is about vision, the sale of imagery, fame, and betrayals. That it is also about two sisters wrapped in a web of love and mutual distrust simply makes it all the more intricate, and her book, as a result, is lively, observant, and wonderfully readable."
"Review" by , "I was entranced by The Art of Seeing. Cammie McGovern has devised an artful, imaginative structure for exploring the age-old and ongoing drama that is the relationship between two sisters. The writing is disarming in its honesty and lack of pretension and yet at the same time delicately nuanced. My two daughters are vying over who gets to read it next." Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey author of A Woman of Independent Means
"Review" by , "The Art of Seeing is a beautiful, compelling, engulfing novel. With wit and tenderness, Cammie McGovern captures the excruciatingly delicate nature of the relationship between sisters, how the slightest shift disturbs the equilibrium, how enormous changes obliterate it. By weaving their past and present, revealing their secrets one by one, McGovern tells the tale of how these two women come to finally and truly see each other." Lily King author of The Pleasing Hour
"Review" by , "This first novel, by the sister of movie actress Elizabeth McGovern, may be narrated by the sister of a movie actress, but it doesn't read like a roman a clef; the scenes around the movie sets on which Rozzie has become a star as a teenager are oddly muted and unrevealing, while the inner life of narrator Jemma carries the book."
"Synopsis" by , In this mesmerizing and intimate literary debut, McGovern chronicles the intertwined lives of sisters, from childhood through adulthood. Written by the sister of actress Elizabeth McGovern, this first novel is a masterfully crafted and absorbing statement about the nature of celebrity and visibility, and the powerful and enduring connection between sisters and families.
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