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Feast Your Eyes

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Bee Season - a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation.

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalog notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter, Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a lifelong quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.

Narrated by Samantha, Feast Your Eyes comes across as a collection of Samantha’s memories, interviews with Lillian’s friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian’s journals and letters - a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity. 

©2019 Myla Goldberg (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Addictive Book.

I loved Feast Your Eyes. And I didn't want to stop reading the book. Great story.

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Compassionate Compelling, beautifully written.

Myla Goldberg's writing and storytelling is so engrossing. She takes us on a journey through the life of Lillian Preston, a fictional photographer through a series of vignettes from the people who knew her, primarily her daughter Samantha. The stories told are intimate, introspective and compassionate. The story starts in the 1950s. Lillian's independent thinking (and later, Sam's) are not defined by the decade they live in, but how the opportunities and attitudes of the times shape what they can and can't do.

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Amazing!

Loved Bee Season, was afraid this would not measure up. I was wrong. Beautifully written, beautiful story.