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The Last Nude - Ellis Avery
The Last Nude
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A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars. Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop... show more
A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars. Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished-and coveted-works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide.Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Ellis Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, this is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594488139 (1594488134)
Publisher: Riverhead
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Unabridged Chick
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I loved this book. And in that way when I'm totally smitten, I'm not even sure I can compose complete sentences explaining why I loved this book so. In short: the writing is gorgeous, the romance sensual and sexy, and the characters sketched quickly but warmly despite their flaws. First, the sett...
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4.0 The Last Nude
Very much enjoyed this book. My full review is located at C-Spot Reviews: http://reviews.c-spot.net/archives/1640
Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
4.0 The Last Nude
Very much enjoyed this book. My full review is located at C-Spot Reviews: http://reviews.c-spot.net/archives/1640
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3.0 The Last Nude
Set mainly in 1920's Paris, The Last Nude is based on real life Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka as seem through the eyes of Rafaela, a seventeen year old American girl just one step away from having to support herself through prostitution who became one of Tamara's models and lovers. The story i...
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