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The Art Lover (New Directions Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780811216296
ISBN10: 0811216292
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While her father and best friend are dying, a young American woman tries to find the limits of love and the power of art in the face of the inevitable.

What is the power of art in the face of death? In The Art Lover Carole Maso has created an elegant and moving narrative about a woman experiencing (and reliving) the most painful transitions of her life. Caroline, the novel's protagonist, returns to New York after the death of her father — ostensibly to wrap things up and take care of necessary "business" — where her memory and imagination conspire to lay before her all her griefs and joys in a rebellious progression. In different voices, employing a collage-like fragmentation, Maso gently unfolds The Art Lover in much the same way the fragile and prehistoric fiddlehead fern unfolds throughout the novel, bringing with subtle grace the ever-entangled feelings of grief and love into full and tender view. Various illustrations throughout.

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In the aftermath of her father's death, Caroline, a young American woman, returns to New York to attend to final arrangements, oversees the death of a best friend, and tests the limits of love and the power of art in the face of life's inevitabilities. By the author of Ghost Dance. Reprint.

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lizgreenhill, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by lizgreenhill)
The plot synopsis is only a tiny fraction of the beauty and genius within this book. Maso weaves together multiple stories of love and loss from various perspectives challenging our notion of plot, structure, and the definition of fiction. The narrator first appears as Caroline, a writer who's lost her father and is constructing a story of a family (Maggie, Henry, Allison, Candace), the narrator then shifts into the voices of these characters weaving in and out of the voice of Caroline, until Carole appears herself as a nonfiction voice toward the end of the book. This book is an impressive collage of voice and perspective, and also images of visual art and newspaper clippings. The design is genius. Carole Maso cleverly breaks every law of writing in this gorgeously fragmented construction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811216296
Author:
Maso, Carole
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
New Directions Classics
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
249
Dimensions:
8.02x5.32x.70 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the aftermath of her father's death, Caroline, a young American woman, returns to New York to attend to final arrangements, oversees the death of a best friend, and tests the limits of love and the power of art in the face of life's inevitabilities. By the author of Ghost Dance. Reprint.
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