The Fine Art of Grace: A Novel

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Grace Lovejoy is photographing the neglected masterpiece mosaics of the subway for her Master's Degree in Fine Arts at Columbia. Arthur writes on the meaning of a life in disquiet as an underground commuter in New York. To breathe life into old mosaics and new meaning into Arthur, Grace invites him to assist in her creative venture. In the mosaics underground Grace and Art embark on a journey with transformational possibilities to enable them to piece together the rich pixels of the Mosaic of Life.Among fellow passengers in transit Grace and Art share a common humanity as their creative journey together begs the questions: Why do we live as we do? Where does real joy reside? How shall we endow being with meaning? In the inspiring humanity of the mosaics underground they find the City is the Grand Artisan piecing together its own mosaic masterpiece with the shards of human experience.The power of perception and literary style of Lentz are reminiscent of Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," Dostoyevsky's "Notes from Underground" and Pessoa's "Book of Disquiet." The book portrays 50 original photographs in full-color of masterpiece mosaics of the New York City Subway.

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Navigating New York's Underground As research for The Fine Art of Grace, we spent many days traveling the subways beneath the streets of New York City with a simple, high-resolution iPhone 6 to photograph the neglected, masterpiece mosaics pointing millions of travelers to destinations all over the City.

We ventured on the subway uptown from Harlem, Columbia and Central Park to midtown, downtown and Brooklyn compiling 50 original, 4-color images for this work which are available in print or on Kindle.

This book was a fascinating creative project occasionally fraught with peril because the subway platforms were narrow and we navigated gingerly around the obstacles and denizens of the underground like Beatrice and Dante in The Divine Comedy. The City was the Grand Artisan so masterful in shaping this epic Metropolitan Comedy in a grand mosaic with tiles forged in the kiln of human experience underground New York City.

We'll never forget what we learned from our wanderings through the auspices of the Metropolitan Transit Authority whose highly reliable, on-schedule trains are truly a wonder of modern civilization. 

The MTA brought us safe passage throughout New York reliably, thriftily and rapidly as James Joyce wrote in Finnegan's Wake: "riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back."

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Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, David B. Lentz graduated from Bates College and has written professionally for more than 35 years. He is a member of the 2016 Yale Writers' Conference, the Academy of American Poets, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, the Poetry Society of America, the Center for Fiction in New York and the Royal Society of Literature in London. Lentz has published seven literary novels -- "The Fine Art of Grace", "For the Beauty of the Earth","AmericA, Inc.","Bloomsday", "Bourbon Street", "The Day Trader" and "The Silver King."His novel, "Bloomsday: The Bostoniad", is the American sequel to James Joyce's "Ulysses" and was adapted to a stage play. His satirical novel, "AmericA, Inc.", is written in stream-of-voice and also has been adapted for the stage."Old Greenwich Odes" are poems written about quotidian life in New England on Long Island Sound. In "Sonnets from New England" and "Sonnets on the Common Man" he has innovated in the sonnets form with a new iambic heptameter cadence and new sonnet sequences."Novel Criticism" offers an innovative approach to the critique of literary fiction. "Essential Lentz" is a compendium of collected literary works.He has served Bates College as an Alumnus-in-Admissions (18 years), Stamford-Greenwich Literacy Volunteers of America, Healing the Children Northeast, LLC (Board), Midnight Run for New York City Homeless, Hurricane Katrina JazzAid: New Orleans, Hope + Heroes Children's Cancer Foundation, St. Baldrick's Foundation for Children's Cancer Research and as a Volunteer in St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero.Currently, he resides with his family in Greenwich, CT.

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