Child With Mannequin: The Standalone Novella

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Magnificent saga of New Orleans culture and history told through the strange and compelling eyes of a painting. Matriarch and inspired fine artist, Ava Faubre, paints a visionary image of a child and Poirot. Stolen by a troubled teenager from the French Quarter apartment of Ava's daughter, River, and later almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, "Child" survives as a treasure over many generations. More

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About Celeste Newbrough

Celeste Newbrough resides in Berkeley, California. She is the author of Unspent Motion (pre-press version available), The Archetype Strikes Back, The Zanscripts, The Norita Book, and Pagan Psalms. Her short works, poetry and essays have been widely published in literary and intellectual journals. She has been cited by news sources such as CNN. Her works have been translated into Swedish, Spanish, Portugese, and German. A lecturer, scholar and activist, she is retired from the University of California. She taught Women's Studies at City College of San Francisco, Harvey Milk Institute, and the West Coast School of Contemporary Thought. Born in New Orleans, she is the daughter of Southern representational painter, Norita Massicot Newbrough (1910-1971) and Joseph Samuel Newbrough (1908-2003), an marine radio and electronics officer. She is a descendant of the late 19th century American mystic, John Ballou Newbrough.

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ilona pivar reviewed on on Dec. 16, 2013

This Poe like novella, Child and Mannequin, tells the story of a painting whose journey over time recreates New Orleans both from a personal and fantastical point of view. The period of time covers the 1930's through Hurricane Katrina and towards the future. The story contains a rich panoply of characters from all walks of life who encounter and try to possess the painting that emerges both as character and observer. What happens to the painting as well as characters recreate old and new New Orleans and left me with a richer sense of what life in this city can be like. I really enjoyed this book.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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