In this elegant set of stories, three modern women are touched in different ways by the paintings of Henri Matisse.In "Medusa's Ankles", a distinguished translator visits a hair salon hoping to regain a hint of her youthful looks. Hung on the wall before her is one of Matisse's iconic portraits.In "Art Works", the three inhabitants of one household - a generous wife, her petulant husband, and their regal housekeeper - make very different artists.And in "The Chinese Lobster", a self-tortured, anorexic art student confronts the smug opulence of Matisse's nudes while pondering suicide.More
"Full of delight and humor...studded with brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of conversation and emotion." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Virtually every phrase is a treat for the ears....[Nadia May] knows how to make each word count." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"May's...excellent pacing and authoritative grip on the material won me over. Her narration commands attention from beginning to end." (KLIATT)
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A dazzling feast for the senses
- Die Falknerin