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The Underpainter (Paperback)

Author:  Jane Urquhart Text By: 0.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140269738
ISBN-13: 9780140269734
Sku: 30388761
Publish Date: 12/7/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  368
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The woman is standing near the window in the downstairs front room of a log house on the north shore of Lake Superior. (from the first line)
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In Rochester, New York, a seventy-five-year-old artist, Austin Fraser, is creating a new series of paintings recalling the details of his life and of the lives of those individuals who have affected him--his peculiar mother, a young Canadian soldier and china painter, a First World War nurse, the well-known American painter Rockwell Kent, and Sara, a waitress from the wilderness mining settlement of Silver Islet, Ontario, who became Austin?s model and mistress. Spanning more than seven decades, from the turn of the century to the mid-seventies, The Underpainter--in range, in the sheer power of its prose, and in its brilliant depiction of landscape and the geography of imagination--is Jane Urquhart's most accomplished novel to date, with one of the most powerful climaxes in contemporary fiction.
One summer during the First World War, New York art student Austin Fraser is taken by his family to vacation at a resort town on Lake Superior, where he meets and falls in love with Sara, a miner's daughter who becomes his model and lover. Each summer for the next 15 years, he travels west to meet up with her, and afterwards forgets her for the rest of the year. Eventually his obsession with her catches up with him and plunges him into emotional chaos that ends in violence.


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"Few stories have brought artistic narcissism to light so powerfully or thoroughly, but this is a painterly masterwork also in its own right, poignant in each of its several landscapes and subtle in tracing the mingled nuances of love and pain." 08/15/1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0368
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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