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Notes From An Exhibition

Notes From An Exhibition

Notes From An Exhibition

A Novel

BY PATRICK GALE

Brief Description:
This British novel is about a family struggling with the death of the gifted, bi polar artist who is the mother of the family. Only the father's staunch Quaker beliefs give them any chance of withstanding her destructive influence and the suspicion that they came second to her art. The reader becomes a detective, piecing together the clues of her life, as artist, lover, mother, wife and patient. The story takes them from today's Penzance to 1960s Toronto to St Ives in the 1970s. What emerges is a story of enduring love, and of a family which weathers tragedy, mental illness and the intolerable strain of living with genius.

Harper 2007 375 PP. Paper

$5.00 (in stock)

 

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Patrick Gale's Notes From an Exhibition is a psychologically astute tale about a troubled artistic mother, says Rachel Hore In her review of the book in the British Guardian newspaper.
"Rachel is bipolar, a creature alternately wonderful and terrible to her gentle Quaker husband Antony Middleton and her four children. As a young English postgraduate, Antony rescued her in Oxford when she was pregnant and suicidal. His devotion, his calm, tolerant religion and his childhood home in Penzance combined to make marriage to him her haven, and her abstract painting came to attract critical acclaim. Only after her death does Antony discover the hair-raising secrets of her upbringing...."
Read more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/aug/11/featuresreviews.guardianreview16

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