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The Unfinished Novel and Other Storiesby Valerie Martin
Synopses & Reviews
In this vital and heartbreaking collection of stories, Valerie Martin, the bestselling author of Mary Reilly and the internationally acclaimed Property, turns an unflinching eye upon artists—driven and blocked, desired and detested, infamous and sublime, as they struggle beneath the tyranny of Art to reconcile their audience with their muse.
A painter who owes his small success to a man he despises, discovers that his passivity has cost him the love that might have set him free. A writer of modest talents encounters the old love who once betrayed him; now she repels him, yet the unfinished novel she leaves in his hands may surpass anything he could ever produce himself. An American poet in Rome finds herself forced to choose between her lover and a world so alien it takes her voice away. A print maker, who has reached a certain age, enters so deeply into the magical world of her imagination that she can never find her way back. In captivating, luminous prose, Martin explores the trials and rewards of human relationships and creative endeavor with all the ease and insight of a writer at the top of her form.
Exploring the essential nature of art and the artist's struggle to reconcile the audience with the muse, a collection of six stories by the best-selling author of Mary Reilly includes "The Blue Period," about a painter who owes his success to a man he despises, and "The Change," in which a printmaker becomes trapped in the world of her own imagination. Reader's Guide available. Original. 35,000 first printing.
A collection of six stories explores the essential nature of art and depictes the contradictions and compromises of artistic life, as the artist struggles to reconcile his audience with his muse.
About the Author
Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and seven novels, including Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, Mary Reilly, and Property, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction; and Salvation, a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. A native of New Orleans, Martin now lives in Millbrook, New York.
Table of Contents
His blue period — The bower — Beethoven — The unfinished novel — The open door — The change.
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