The light summer reads continue. I think I’m ready for something with a bit more substance…
Synopsis: Oscar Feldman, the “Great Man,” was a New York city painter of the heroic generation of the forties and fifties. But instead of the abstract canvases of the Pollocks and Rothkos, he stubbornly hewed to painting one subject—the female nude. When he died in 2001, he left behind a wife, Abigail, an autistic son, and a sister, Maxine, herself a notable abstract painter—all duly noted in the New York Times obituary.
What no one knows is that Oscar Feldman led an entirely separate life in Brooklyn with his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their twin daughters. As the incorrigibly bohemian Teddy puts it, “He couldn’t live without a woman around. It was like water to a plant for him.” Now two rival biographers, book contracts in hand, are circling around Feldman’s life story, and each of these three women—Abigail, Maxine, and Teddy—will have a chance to tell the truth as they experienced it.
Review: A delightful book full of powerful women who are able to own their feelings and their lives. I found myself liking each and every character, despite their flaws, and devoured this in 2 days; an easy-breezy read.
**** of 5 stars
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Next Book: Miss Peregrine’s House for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; Discussion: After July 10