Banana Rose - An Novel
They met on the mesa and fell in love with a passion that seemed to stop time - Brooklyn-born Nell, who migrated to the Taos of communes and sweet cedar smoke and transformed herself into Banana Rose, and Gauguin, a redheaded horn player from the heartland traveling south in pursuit of a dream.Banana believes everything will last forever: the vast southwestern sky; their friendship with Neon, the king of the hippies, and Blue, the mystic debutante; and above all the presence of Anna, a strange-eyed writer as lonely as the Nebraska farm where she grew up, who teaches Nell what it means to be a painter.But Gauguin wants to move on and Banana makes a wrenching choice to follow him north. In the cold and gray of Minnesota, Gauguin and Banana become George Howard and Nell Schwartz; living together leads to marriage, in-laws, and steady jobs; and the slow, easy, naked love of the desert gives way to jealousy, divorce, and death. As the past falls to ashes, Nell slowly realizes she must find her way home alone.Subtly hilarious and achingly raw, this is the story of Nell's long, strange trip from her beloved New Mexico to the alien Midwest and back again. As she struggles with the demands of canvas and paint, with her family and faith, and with her own wild heart, she discovers the one secret power that sustains her through it all.
- Hardback | 373 pages
- 142.24 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 521.63g
- 01 Mar 1995
- Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
- Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
- New York, United States