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"A pitch-perfect depiction of the reality of the artistic life." --"The Observer" "Excuse me?" She glanced back over her shoulder. He was looking at her with an expression of utter desolation, such as one rarely saw, an expression that literally stopped her in her tracks. When painter Roderic Kennedy meets Julia Fitzpatrick, twenty years younger and also an artist, it seems as though a long spell of turbulance and misfortune in his life--including alcoholism and a broken marriage--has finally come to an end. But when Julia has a chance meeting with a desperately unhappy stranger, this brief yet powerful encounter sets in motion a chain of events that has dramatic consequences for all three. Set in Ireland, "Authenticity" is a mesmerizing exploration of living the creative life as well as the cost of neglecting it. With a seamless tapestry of voices in various forms--self-reflection, memory, conversations--Madden offers a remarkable and moving novel that reaches from the bottom of the soul to the moment of inspiration.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 27.9mm | 521.64g
  • 01 May 2005
  • Graywolf Press
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • English
  • 155597421X
  • 9781555974213
  • 1,923,095

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Author Information

Deidre Madden is from Northern Ireland. Her novels include "The Birds of Innocent Wood," "Remembering Light and Stone," "Nothing Is Black," and "One by One in the Darkness."

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"This is an ideas-driven richly textured novel about what it means to be an artist in contemporary society . . . "Authenticity" is a powerfully moral book, concerned with the choices one makes in life." --"The Sunday Telegraph"

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