Life Drawing

Life Drawing

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Augusta and Owen are living a quiet country life of companionship and artistic creation, she a painter, he a writer, until Alison, a beautiful British woman, moves in to the previously unoccupied cottage next door. As Gus and Owen's life becomes intertwined with Alison's, past betrayals, losses, and new desires come to a head.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2014
ISBN: 9781400068562
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 25 cm


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JCLCherylMY May 27, 2017

Life Drawing, the author's debut, is a study on marriage, forgiveness and choices. "There are often two conversations going on in a marriage. The one that you're having and the one you're not. Sometimes you don't even know when that second, silent one has begun." Owen, a writer, and his wife, Gus, an artist, live an isolated, married life in the country. They are recovering from Gus's indiscretion with a married man and seem to be on the mend, although unspoken resentments simmer. Their quiet, ordered lives are disrupted when Alison moves in next door. While Gus and Alison grow close and share confidences, Owen is aloof. That is until Alison's daughter, Nora, comes for a visit and becomes infatuated with him with tragic results. Black does a nice job of interweaving Gus's introspection of her past and present life while she examines and is stymied by her artistic process.

Jun 08, 2016

The merits of this book lie solely in the quality of the writing and the author's ability to build suspense. The people are ordinary and introspective, the situation is not unusual, and the author does not have much insight to offer. The description of creating art is facile.

Sep 23, 2014

a novella with characters in the style of John Irving, flawed and very human

ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Gus, a painter, and her husband Owen, a writer, have been living contentedly in semi-seclusion in rural Pennsylvania for several years now. The arrival of a new neighbour, however, changes their dynamics as Gus realizes she's lonely and frustrated with Owen -- and begins to confide in her new friend. Their marriage, not as stable as Gus had thought, is further threatened when the neighbour's daughter visits and becomes infatuated with Owen. Tension rises throughout this "irresistibly readable" (Publishers Weekly) debut novel, which offers multi-dimensional characters and a discerning depiction of long-standing relationships." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter

Aug 16, 2014

This novel explores the long term effects of infidelity in a marriage. It deals with betrayal, love, forgiveness and all the other complicated emotions involved in holding a marriage together. This book is low on action but offers plenty of introspection.


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