Book Review: The Painter by Peter Heller

Book Review: The Painter by Peter HellerTHE PAINTER
by Peter Heller

Fiction
Knopf; May 6
Hardcover; 384 pages
Source: Received from publisher for review

In the wake of his daughter’s tragic death and his subsequent divorce, famous expressionist painter Jim Stegner moves to rural Colorado. He enjoys the solitude, spending his days fly fishing and painting a beautiful young model named Sofia.

However, his peaceful life is turned upside down when he witnesses a man beating a little horse. Jim has a history of violence, having spent time in jail for shooting a man in a bar years before, and he must fight to overcome his rage against the man for harming the animal. A few days later, when he encounters the man again, Jim fails to reign in his anger, and he kills the man. Continue reading

Book Review: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Book Review: The Blazing World by Siri HustvedtTHE BLAZING WORLD
by Siri Hustvedt

Fiction
Simon & Schuster; March 11, 2014
Hardcover; 368 pages
Source: Received from publisher for review

After years of struggling in the New York art world, seeing her work dismissed or ignored, Harriet “Harry” Burden is full of rage. She is tired of being sidelined, viewed not as an artist in her own right, but merely as the wife of her famous art-dealing husband. In middle age, she decides to create her most ambitious work yet — a work that will reveal both her own genius and the prejudices of the art world.

For her grand experiment, “Maskings,” Harriet exhibits work under three male pseudonyms: Anton Tish, a young fledgling artist; Phineas Q. Eldridge, a gay, black performance artist; and Rune, a critical darling of the artist intellectual set. Each of these shows are successful, reinforcing Harry’s conviction that her work has been ignored because of her gender. After years on the perimeter, she looks forward to her grand unveiling — the day that she will claim the work as hers and finally receive recognition for her talent. Continue reading

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna TarttTHE GOLDFINCH
by Donna Tartt

Fiction
Little, Brown; Oct. 22, 2013
Hardcover; 771 pages
Source: Bloggers Recommend Giveaway

When 13-year-old Theodore Decker and his mother get called into his school for a disciplinary meeting, they stop into a museum on the way. While they are admiring the paintings, there’s a huge explosion. Theo’s mother is killed in the blast, but he escapes from the rubble… taking with him a small, priceless painting of a goldfinch.

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Book Review & Giveaway: We Are Water by Wally Lamb

Book Review: We Are Water by Wally LambWE ARE WATER
by Wally Lamb

Fiction
Harper; Oct. 22, 2013
Hardcover; 576 pages
Source: TLC Book Tours

After 27 years of marriage and raising three children, “angry artist” Annie Oh has left her husband and is about to remarry Viveca, the sophisticated Manhattanite who sells Annie’s paintings in her high-end art gallery.

As if Orion, Annie’s psychologist ex-husband, isn’t hurt enough by Annie’s abandonment, Annie and Viveca plan to have their wedding in Three Rivers, CT, the town Orion and Annie had made their home for so many years. The couple’s wedding stirs up mixed reactions among Annie and Orion’s children, as well. Continue reading