Overview

In this fictionalized life of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Cheuse ( The Grandmother's Club ) examines the artist's place in the world. As a young girl, Ava Boldin persuades her older brother to let her sketch him in the nude, displaying a commitment to her work that will transcend all other passions, even, later in life, drawing her away from her New York City home with her beloved husband, famed photographer Albert Stigmar (O'Keeffe was married to Alfred Stieglitz) to paint her vision in New Mexico. In ...
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The Light Possessed

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Overview

In this fictionalized life of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Cheuse ( The Grandmother's Club ) examines the artist's place in the world. As a young girl, Ava Boldin persuades her older brother to let her sketch him in the nude, displaying a commitment to her work that will transcend all other passions, even, later in life, drawing her away from her New York City home with her beloved husband, famed photographer Albert Stigmar (O'Keeffe was married to Alfred Stieglitz) to paint her vision in New Mexico. In intimate tones, Ava's friends and family talk about the artist and her work, the lodestone in their own efforts to live well and fully. Amy Cross, a young artist/writer, and Michael Gillen, Stigmar's bastard son, live with Ava in her last years, opening up her memories and ideas about art. Ava's geologist brother Robert and the desert landscape catch the most light in this unsurprising tale, which would have benefited from sterner editing. For the most part, Cheuse's beautifully used language plays only on the surface of characters and themes
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review, Oct.17, 1990 - Kit Reed
From its vivid first scene, in which Ava Boldin's mad mother attempts to relive a family legend by walking on water, to its intense renderings of Ava engrossed in her art, the novel draws a richly imagined American lifeā€¦.Mr. Cheuse has accomplished what he set out to do. Obsessed by light, driven by passion for her work, Ava Boldin shines, reflecting the spirit of her biographical prototype.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016372181
  • Publisher: Alan Cheuse
  • Publication date: 2/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,142,571
  • File size: 880 KB

Meet the Author

"The Voice of Books on National Public Radio"--that's how novelist, essayist and story writer Alan Cheuse has been described. For over twenty-five years, Cheuse has been "reading for America" every week on NPR, and he's also been writing a number of books of his own, and teaching the art of narrative and literature at George Mason University for over twenty years.
He is the author of the novels The Bohemians, The Grandmothers' Club and The Light Possessed. His latest novel, To Catch the Lightning (winner of the 2009 Grub Street Prize for Fiction), follows the career of turn of the century photographer Edward S. Curtis and his quest to photograph the western tribes of North America. He is also the author of several collections of short fiction and a pair of novellas published under the title The Fires. He is the co-editor with Nicholas Delbanco of Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life and Art, and co-author with Delbanco of Literature: Craft & Voice, a major newly published introduction to college literary study, and also the co-editor of Writers Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction, and editor of Listening to Ourselves: Great American Short Fiction.
Cheuse's essays, short stories, and reviews have appeared in numerous places, such as The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, World Literature Today, The Antioch Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and other venues. His essay collection, Listening to the Page, appeared in 2001. His collected travel essays came out in June 2009 under the title A Trance After Breakfast.
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