The Great Man: A Novel, by Kate Christensen

The “great man” of the title is fictional painter Oscar Feldman, who painted only female nudes and overshadowed the important women in his life.  After his death, however (which occurs several years before the novel begins), these women who loved him–his wife, long-time mistress, twin daughters, and sister–take center stage, telling their stories (and secrets) to two admiring biographers, and coming into their own as they do so.  An entertaining, quick read, with a lot of interesting things to say about art, love, and how we are never ultimately in charge of our own biography.  Winner of the 2008 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: stc

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