Feast Your Eyes

Feast Your Eyes

by Myla Goldberg


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Feast Your Eyes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ks Browse ▾ Community ▾ Search books Mary Robinson Mary Robinson's Reviews > Feast Your Eyes: A Novel Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg Feast Your Eyes: A Novel by Myla Goldberg (Goodreads Author) F 50x66 Mary Robinson's review Apr 23, 2019 · edit really liked it bookshelves: advanced-reader-copy-titles, historical-fiction, literary Written in the form of a museum catalog, Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg tells the story of the life and photographic work of Lillian Preston. In 1955, Lilly flees Cleveland after high school to go to New York City to attend photography school, to the dismay of her conservative parents. Soon she is perfecting her technique and moving in a circle of artists, poets and young New Yorkers. After having a child out of wedlock at 19, she continues to subsist on a bookstore job and waitressing while pursuing her photography. The controversy over an exhibit produced by a new-friend and gallery owner drives a wedge in her art, in her relationships, and in her daughters view of her and the world. Told alternately by her daughter describing the prints in the exhibition, interspersed with journal entries and letters to friends, lovers and Lilly's parents, we follow the mother and daughter through a rocky relationship with each other and with Lilly's art. The story telling is intense and intimate, coming full circle as Lilly battles Leukemia in the 1970s while Samantah Jane enters college. Her daughter does not reckon with Lilly's art until well after her mother's death, and then begins to understand the controversy and the decisions they each made in reaction to the controversy and in reaction to each other. Well written and engaging, highly recommended.
YayaReadsalot More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the author, Netgalley.com and Scribner Publishing. Thanks to all for the opportunity to read and review. Written as a catalogue for an exhibition we never actually see, we are introduced to Lillian and Samantha Preston. Brilliantly executed, the premise is so different than what readers have seen before, although the artist's inner turmoil and struggles and joys are still there to be experienced. Do not miss this book! I look forward to reading more from Ms. Goldberg in the future. 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended.
CRSK More than 1 year ago
”Just as I was beginning to worry that waiting was all there would ever be, I picked up a camera – but you know this already. You’re the only one who understands when I say that making pictures makes me fully and truly myself.” Lillian’s love of photography began through her high school photo club, and her love led to a desire to pursue her passion, hoping that one day she would be working as a photographer for a magazine or newspaper. Shortly after her graduation, she forgoes her parents’ plans for her to attend college and moves to New York City in the mid-1950s. Her story is shared, in part, as a catalog of a photography exhibit, so you are able to see much of her life through her eyes and her vision of capture-worthy moments, her journal entries as well as letters, interviews of friends and lovers, and through her daughter’s eyes and memories. There is in one way, Lillian’s personal story, her journey to become the photographer that would not only shoot beautiful photographs, but one that could share a truth that would move people, never imagining her work would alienate them. Inspired by photographers such as Sally Mann, Diane Arbus and the stories of their struggles as females, as well as female photographers in an era when that was an anomaly, the main story of this is one that Sally Mann is perhaps more associated with. An innocent photograph of a young girl, in Lillian’s case her daughter Samantha, wearing underwear only, is photographed. Sally Mann photographed her children at play, sometimes without clothing, and the description of the censored photograph in Lillian’s story closely matches the newspaper article that followed one of Mann’s photographs on a 1990 cover of Aperture, a photography magazine. The Wall Street Journal, using the same photograph of Mann’s daughter Virginia, placed black bars across her eyes, her chest and her groin, when publishing a decidedly damning article which was written, oddly, by a food critic. Mann’s daughter, Virginia, wrote a letter, in return, saying simply: ”DEAR SIR, I DON’T LIKE THE WAY YOU CROSSED ME OUT. “I WILL BE 6 ON FRIDAY” Keeping in mind that there is less nudity in the photograph taken by Lillian than in the Coppertone billboards that used to populate the entire USA from the 1950s on - featuring a little blonde girl with pigtails, wearing the bottom half of a swimsuit, and a puppy pulling that down – the reaction to the photograph in question might seem questionable, but there is also a story behind the photograph that triggers the headline ”Judge Rules . . . MOMMY IS Sick” in a pre-Roe v Wade era. The politics of public opinion, and the unequal opportunities afforded women are focused on in a more obvious way, but underlying this is a story of love and passion, a love and passion for doing what we love and loving what we do, what brings us joy, shapes our lives. How those we love can build us up, or bend us and sometimes even break us, and how to rebuild that which has been bent and broken. The bond between mothers and daughters that is sometimes frayed beyond measure, but is always a part of who we become. Lovely, if sometimes heartbreaking, I loved this story, fell completely under its spell, and highly recommend it. I’m pretty sure I left a piece of my heart in the last pages. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Scribner
lee2staes More than 1 year ago
This book is brilliant and at times heartbreaking. It takes the reader on a moving story of struggle and creativity. It explores the life and work of a skillful, motivated and scandalous woman who roused both admiration and disgruntlement in her closest friends and acquaintances. I loved this story and I highly recommend it. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.