The Last Nude

The Last Nude

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"As erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it."--Emma Donoghue, author of "Room"
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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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 30mm | 522g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1594488134
  • 9781594488139
  • 615,446

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""The Last Nude" is a remarkable novel: at once a seductive evocation of Lost Generation Paris, a faithful literary rendering of Tamara de Lempicka's idiosyncratic and groundbreaking art, and a vibrant, intelligent, affecting story in its own right. It's also smoking hot."---Emily Barton, author of"Brookland"
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About Ellis Avery

Ellis Avery's first novel, "The Teahouse Fire," set in the tea ceremony world of nineteenth-century Japan, has been translated into five languages and has won three awards, including the American Library Association Stonewall Award. Avery is also the author of "The Smoke Week," an award-winning 9/11 memoir. She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
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22,777 ratings
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4 23% (5,338)
3 22% (4,929)
2 8% (1,897)
1 6% (1,381)
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