The Bar at Twilight

The Bar at Twilight

by Frederic Tuten
The Bar at Twilight

The Bar at Twilight

by Frederic Tuten


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An incomparable storyteller serves up an enchanting concoction of art, love, and longing

In fifteen masterful stories, Frederic Tuten entertains questions of existential magnitude, pervasive yearning, and the creative impulse. A wealthy older woman reflects on her relationship with her drowned husband, a painter, as she awaits her own watery demise. An exhausted artist, feeling stuck, reads a book of criticism about allegory and symbolism before tossing her paintings out the window. Writing a book about the lives of artists he admires—Cezanne, Monet, Rousseau—a man imagines how each vignette could be a life lesson for his wife, the artist he perhaps admires the most.

Whether set in Tuten’s beloved Lower East Side, Rome’s Borghese Gardens, or a French seaside resort, these stories shift seamlessly between the poignancy of memory into the logic of fairytales or dreams, demonstrating Tuten’s exceptional ability to transmute his passion for art and life to the page.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781954276031
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 05/10/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 163,296
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Frederic Tuten is the award-winning author of five novels, the memoir My Young Life, and two short story collections, Self-Portraits: Fictions and The Bar at Twilight. Among other honors, Tuten has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York.

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