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Her search for the anonymous artist brings her back to her college days and to James Morales, who is contemptuous of her and the rest of the world. His...
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Her search for the anonymous artist brings her back to her college days and to James Morales, who is contemptuous of her and the rest of the world. His artistic brilliance is exceeded only by the lengths he will go to make people dislike him -- including, for some unfathomable reason, refusing to use his gift.
Fate has thrown this unlikely pair together before, and now their prickly relationship resumes in New York City. Yet everything changes once Trisha takes a step into James's tormented life. Not only does she find an unlikely soul mate, but she soon finds herself becoming more like the man she once detested - when she suffers a life-changing misfortune of her own.
In this unforgettable first novel, Stephanie Williams explores the tyranny of the superficial, the power of friendship, and the mystery of what people leave behind.
About the Author
Stephanie Williams is a journalist whose work has been published in more than a dozen major magazines, including New York, Men's Health, and Glamour. She is a former writer at Self and TV Guide, senior writer at SmartMoney, and contributing editor at Teen People. In 2002, the National Headline Awards named her runner-up for Magazine Feature Writing for her narratives in SmartMoney. A native of Texas, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has made her home in Brooklyn near Prospect Park, with her dog Gus. This is her first novel.
Posted August 11, 2004
I found out about this novel by reading the author's goodbye piece in the Sept. 2004 issue of Glamour. Her writing is poignant and well crafted. Such a tragedy that she is no longer with us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2004
I, also, came across this book through an article in a Glamour magazine issue. The article was sad, but the author is brilliant. She will be remembered for her amazing novel, and her amazing courage.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2004
This book was amazing. Not only does it take you through the high and low points of a character's adult life and give you the sense that the author is speaking through her about love, friendship, ambition, the ego, anger, joy, and the mixture of emotions that flood her mind in the abrupt twilight of her life--a unique perspective that most anyone can relate to, it is a witty and contemporary piece of fiction--a joy to read and a slice of life that any person, young or old, can identify with and take to heart. Its message of hope and spiritual fulfillment left me inspired and with a new outlook on my own life. Stephanie, and all those who aided in her endeavor to craft this novel into the remarkable work of fiction that it is, under such difficult circumstances, deserve the utmost respect, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an entertaining and soulful novel that is more than just a novel. It is the artfully deliberate and unabashed legacy of a young woman who refused to die quietly, and who refused to let impending death take from her all of the beauty, humor and humanity that surrounded her through it all, slyly and stylishly infused into a vivid and compelling novel. It is a story about life, not death, and what makes it so powerful is that even knowing that the character will meet her end prior to starting the book, it's focus on the idiosyncracies, worldly affairs, relationships and life of the character--without mention of death until nearly the end, it still surprises the reader by realistically conveying the shock that she (and the author) felt when suddenly she knew that time was running out. I can't say that I've ever read anything that so dutifully conveys an honest portrait of the human condition--and the irony of beauty and fulfillment amid tragedy and suffering. It is a unique and exotic semi-autobiographical collage by a woman contemplating her own end, and making the most of a wonderful but human and imperfect life. Thank you Steph.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2004
This book opens with basic, choppy language and a rather dull plot. There is little eloquence or poetry in the words, but the author nevertheless gets her point across. Not only does the plot thicken as the book progress, but the author¿s use of language becomes somewhat more sophisticated as well. This novel isn¿t destined for any literary awards, but would make good beach or other light reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.