A provocative observation of mother and daughter artists and their rocky relationship as a result of their crafts and the male gaze.
As a painter and someone who appreciates the fine arts, I was instantly drawn to this novel. The Glimpse takes place in the eras of both the 50s and 60s. Liza Baker, the protagonist, is the kind of character that’s hard to love with her rough edges, but she is a driven painter trying to navigate the New York art scene. Her daughter, Rouge, on the other hand, is more precocious and cautious in her actions and words. The two are quite opposite in their personalities but similar in their appreciation for creating something, be it Rouge’s photography or Liza’s paintings.
The novel opens with Liza’s time in New York as a blossoming painting student of one of the most sought-after instructors in New York. It is here where Hank is introduced. The relationship between them is unclear at first, but it becomes clear as the story progresses that the two are casual lovers or friends with benefits. Liza tries to avoid emotional attachment with the men she sees and uses them for sex, including Hank, and this extends into her life as a mature woman and mother.
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