Costalegre: A Novel Inspired by Peggy Guggenheim and Her Daughter
"Delightful ... In Lara, Maum has given a little-considered daughter a more hopeful future." --Mona Simpson, The New York Times Book Review
"Maum's slender, intelligent Costalegre is about many things: art as spectacle and art as discipline; life as joke and life as tragedy; the role of unreason in paintings and politics. But most of all, it's about the youthful desire to be, in Lara's words, contemplated and considered -- to be, in short, loved." -- The Boston Globe
One of Glamour's Best Books of the Decade and a Best Book of Summer at AM New York, Moda Operandi, GOOP, Publishers Weekly, TIME, Southern Living, and Thrillist.
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About the Author
Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, the chapbook Notes from Mexico, and the handbook Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book. Her writing and essays have been widely published in such outlets as BuzzFeed; The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Modern Loss. She is the founder of the learning collaborative The Cabins, and she also works as a product and cosmetic shade namer from her home in Connecticut.
Maum's coming-of-age novel among some of Europe's elite is heartbreaking in its evocation of a teenage girl whose mother collects artists to save but who ignores the daughter struggling not to drown. Maum captures the language and the intense flux of adolescent lability. She does it so well that readers may feel they've intruded on something private.
With both humor and criticality, Maum's coming-of-age novel probes the hypocrisy of the art world, the challenges of being a child of artists, and the dangers of not being loved.
Delightful . . . In Lara, Maum has given a little-considered daughter a more hopeful future.--Mona Simpson
This story of a daughter searching for connection all around her has a sharp cutting edge, a world which changes its mood in an instant; bleak as the dregs of a wine-soaked dinner, then bullish as a house of hapless surrealists attempting to boil an egg. Memorable and meaningful, Maum's work remains with me as a reminder of love in the agony of teenage years and art in the terror of war.--Amelia Gray, author of Isadora
A lush chronicle of wealth, art, adventure, loneliness, love, and folly toldby a narrator you won't be able to forget.
This is a fascinating, lively, and exquisitely crafted novel.
A brilliantly arch and haunting novel of privilege and deprivation.