Monday, November 21, 2011

Mailbox Monday 11.21.11

Hosted this month by Marcia's Mailbox.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. 

Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished—and coveted—works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide. 

Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, The Last Nude is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret, and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.

From publisher via Shelf Awareness. Release date: January 5th.

Precocious, ethereal Simion Satterwhite arrives at Yale University in 1878 at age 16, eager to escape his West Virginia fundamentalist upbringing. He meets 31-year-old art professor Doriskos Klionarios, who was sold in infancy by his Greek prostitute mother to a British lord. Together they embark on an emotionally reckless courtship, made all the more difficult by social bigotry and human jealousy.



Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you enjoy both books!

bermudaonion said...

I hope you love them both!

Kaye said...

Wow, these both sound very interesting. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

Anonymous said...

Two captivating reads, enjoy!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Both books sound interesting. I hope you enjoy them both!

Anna said...

I also received The Last Nude. Can't wait to see what you think of it. Happy reading!