Tuesday, March 22, 2011

213 (2011 #18). The Dissemblers

by Liza Campbell

Young artist Ivy Wilkes admires famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe and "was born on the day she died," (March 6, 1986), so Ivy is in her early twenties and just out of art school when the events in this book take place.  Young and stupid. 

Ivy moves to Santa Fe to be nearer her muse, even getting a job in the gift shop of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.  Unfortunately, all she's inspired to do in her art is imitate O'Keeffe's works - which she does quite well.  Her "friends," upstairs neighbors Maya and Jake, and Jake's cousin Omar, notice.  Maya convinces Ivy to let her sell her O'Keeffe imitations as originals - forgeries.  This sets off a chain of lies and deceit among all the characters, with expected - and unexpected - consequences.

This was an interesting book.  Debut author and New Mexico native Liza Campbell is quite good at describing the landscape and climate and climate of her home state, as well as the details of O'Keeffe's works.  The latter made me want to learn more about O'Keeffe and her oeuvre.

The story itself, though, did not grab me.  I couldn't care about any of the characters, even Ivy, the narrator.  I guess I have no sympathy for people who know they are doing something wrong, yet try to rationalize it.  I would be willing to read another book by Campbell, though, because she writes quite well.

© Amanda Pape - 2011

[This advance reader edition was sent to me by the publisher, and will be passed on to someone else to read and enjoy.]

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