The photograph Avery uses captures a woman in a unique feathered jacket. Her story begins vividly: "She crossed the street toward me on that not-yet-spring day, a clarion burst of purple, white, and green, with little trills of marbled ink and wispy plume. Bird of Paradise, I thought, thank you for braving cold, dirt, and sarcasm to bring a little sparkle to Hudson Street."
View Avery's full story, the gorgeous Phil Oh photograph, and the entire article compiled by Katherine Bernard at this link!
Avery's latest novel is THE LAST NUDE, which focuses on Jazz Age artist Tamara de Lempicka and her love affair with the young woman who posed for her most iconic portraits. The book came out this January from Riverhead.