So begins a story set in the rarified but fast-paced world of art auctions and the cultural and social whirl of New York City. Late and Soon chronicles Claire's emotional course as she puts together a sale of paintings that could make her career. She is captivated by one painting in particular that speaks to her; a James Tissot work titled "The Widow", and is taken under wing by the painting's owner, an elderly, well-to-do society matron of the old school, who loves the painting too, and who's parting with it for reasons that Claire finds poignant, especially regarding her own romantic longings.
"Claire's emotional twists and turns, rendered in ornamental prose attuned to the slightest shift in feeling or nuance, are...affecting in this credible tale of longing and hope." (Publishers Weekly)
I had thought this was going to be a book by the art critic, Robert Hughes. What a nasty surprise I got as I sat, trapped on my car trip, with this instead. Amateurish with a heavy dose of pomposity, boring. Pseudo-profound. I'm stunned that this book could find a publisher!
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