Friday, January 13, 2012

Outstanding press for THE LAST NUDE

THE LAST NUDE by Ellis Avery was highlighted in my last post, but this book has received so many phenomenal reviews after only one week of publication that we wanted to put them all in the spotlight!

In addition to the reviews below, Avery was interviewed by NPR.  You can listen to the audio at this link.  She will be traveling to bookstores across the country t oread and answer questions about her book.  Learn which cities she'll be visiting at this link.

"A taut, elegant novel...[Avery's] prose sings." --More Magazine

"What's not to love about Ellis Avery's romantic novel, THE LAST NUDE?...We've been loving this tough-but-vulnerable heroine." --O Magazine

"A dark, sexy romp." --Kirkus

"The no-big-deal way that young Rafaela, the narrator, slips into prostitution in the opening chapters reveals something of Avery's vision: a gorgeous Parisian love story, but not a polite or idealized one...In THE LAST NUDE, the sex feels ripe and real and vital, the very element that artist, model, and masterwork together create, inhabit, and flourish within." --SF Weekly

"A fascinating look at love, art, and betrayal.  Highly recommended."

"Heartbreak transcends the page in a beautiful novel of love and regret between painter and muse." --Shelf Awareness

"The strength of Avery's novel lies in her depiction of a driven and accomplished artist and an impressionable waif who finds that her beauty no longer belongs to her." --Publishers Weekly

"Those eyes!  Those lips!  That hair!  Tamara de Lempicka's iconic Jazz Age paintings that immortalize Rafaela Fano in her nude glory (especially The Dream and La Belle Rafaela) now see glittering, luminescent life in Avery's novel, a riveting lesbian love story of heart-stopping passion, rapture, and stunning duplicity...Avery places lovers Tamara and Rafaela within a richly portrayed circle of culture touchstones...Against that brightly pigmented background, this artist-model lovers' tale is...subtle and seductive...Avery's breathtaking shimmer of first love and its aftermath will turn heads." --Booklist, starred review

De Lempicka's painting referenced above, The Dream (1927), was adapted into the cover for Avery's THE LAST NUDE.  View some of de Lempicka's other iconic images, La Belle Rafaela and Auto-Portrait, below:

La Belle Rafaela (1927)

Auto-Portrait (Tamara in the Green Bugatti) (1925)

Riverhead, January 2012

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