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Greenwich Village, 1959. Claire Bishop sits for a portraita gift from her husbandonly to discover that what the artist has actually depicted is Claire’s suicide. Haunted by the painting, Claire is forced to redefine herself within a failing marriage and a family history of madness. Shifting ahead to 2004, we meet West, a young man with schizophrenia who is obsessed with a painting he encounters in a gallery: a mysterious image of a woman’s suicide. Convinced it was painted by his ex-girlfriend, West constructs an elaborate delusion involving time-travel, Hasidism, art-theft, and the terrifying power of representation. When the two characters finally meet, in the present, delusions are shattered and lives are forever changed.The Suicide of Claire Bishop is a dazzling debut, evocative of Michael Cunningham'sThe Hours (and Virginia Woolf's classic Mrs. Dalloway), as well as Donna Tartt's bestsellerThe Goldfinch. With high stakes that reach across American history, Carmiel Banasky effortlessly juggles balls of madness, art theft, and Time itself, holding the reader in a thrall of language and personal consequences. Daring, sexy, emotional,The Suicide of Claire Bishop heralds Banasky as an important new talent.
Number of Pages: 387
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Author: Carmiel Banasky
Street Date: November 8, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-3484