The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories

The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories

by Valerie Martin


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The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories by Valerie Martin

In this vital and heartbreaking collection of stories, Valerie Martin, the bestselling author of Mary Reilly and the internationally acclaimed Property, turns an unflinching eye upon artists—driven and blocked, desired and detested, infamous and sublime, as they struggle beneath the tyranny of Art to reconcile their audience with their muse.

A painter who owes his small success to a man he despises, discovers that his passivity has cost him the love that might have set him free. A writer of modest talents encounters the old love who once betrayed him; now she repels him, yet the unfinished novel she leaves in his hands may surpass anything he could ever produce himself. An American poet in Rome finds herself forced to choose between her lover and a world so alien it takes her voice away. A print maker, who has reached a certain age, enters so deeply into the magical world of her imagination that she can never find her way back. In captivating, luminous prose, Martin explores the trials and rewards of human relationships and creative endeavor with all the ease and insight of a writer at the top of her form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400095506
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/09/2006
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Original Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,015,966
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and seven novels, including Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, Mary Reilly, and Property, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction; and Salvation, a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. A native of New Orleans, Martin now lives in Millbrook, New York.

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