Alena

Alena

Book - 2014
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At the Venice Biennale, an aspiring assistant curator from the Midwest meets Bernard Augustin, the wealthy, enigmatic founder of the Nauk, a cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod. It's been two years since the tragic death of the Nauk's chief curator, Augustin's childhood friend and muse, Alena. When Augustin offers the position to our heroine (who, like du Maurier's original, remains nameless) she dives at the chance and quickly finds herself well out of her depth. The Nauk echoes with phantoms of the past, a past obsessively preserved by the museum's business manager and the rest of the staff. Their devotion to the memory of the charismatic Alena threatens to stifle the new curator's efforts to realize her own creative vision, and her every move mires her more deeply in artistic, erotic, and emotional entanglements. When new evidence calls into question the circumstances of Alena's death, her loyalty, integrity, and courage are put to the test, and shattering secrets surface.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781594632471
1594632472
Characteristics: 308 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Alena : a novel

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mariho
Jul 06, 2017

Much prefer Rebecca then Alena. There is the glitzy world of fine art which adds a touch of fun to Alena.

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Aug 16, 2016

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elos
Feb 08, 2015

I decided to read this because I loved the book Rebecca which it has been compared to. It was charming and for the most part I liked it but I found it so unnecessarily wordy and I sort of lost patience with it as I went along. Nothing can hold a candle to Rebecca.

Jane60201 Apr 27, 2014

Rachel never uses one word when four or five will do.

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