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The Art Lover

Maso, Carole

Published by North Point Press, San Francisco, 1990
ISBN 10: 0865474273 / ISBN 13: 9780865474277
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Title: The Art Lover

Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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1990 on title page; copyright 1990 on copyright page. Bound in light rust-red cloth-covered boards with a gold-lettered spine. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the second front endpaper: "For Janet-- / who fights the good fight every day. / Yours in art, / Carole Maso / 1993." Textblock is unmarked; boards slightly flared; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $18.95); minor crimping at spine ends, corners. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002596

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Experimental writer par excellence, Carole Maso is the author of the novels Ghost Dance, AVA, Aureole, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, and Defiance, as well as the non-fiction books Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing & Moments of Desire, The Room Lit by Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth, and Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo. Maso has received many awards, including a Lannan Literary Fellowship for fiction. She is a Professor of English at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

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