Beauty Is Convulsive

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$29.95  $27.85
Counterpoint LLC
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5.7 X 8.98 X 0.75 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Maso is the author of ten books: Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, AVA, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, Defiance, Aureole, Break Every Rule, The Room Lit by Roses, Beauty Is Convulsive, and Mother & Child. She has received numerous awards, including the Berlin Prize and the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction. Maso is currently a professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.


Praise for Beauty is Convulsive

A Chicago Review of Books Best Book of the Month

Maso's incantatory description of her conjured-up subject's embrace takes on extraordinary power . . . like Frida Kahlo's painting--impossible to look away from. --Kai Maristed, Los Angeles Times

Maso repeatedly cites Rivera's description of Kahlo's art as ascetic and tender, hard as steel and fire and delicate as a butterfly's wing, adorable as a beautiful smile and profound and cruel as life's bitterness. Without a doubt, one might apply these same words to Maso's precise and poetic prose, which brims with emotion, imagination, intelligence, and beauty. --Trey Strecker, Review of Contemporary Fiction

An utter original, one of the true and plangent voices in American writing. --Mary Gordon, author of There Your Heart Lies

[A] consistently inventive writer. Maso's prose has generated wide respect, making this an important purchase for libraries with literary fiction collections. --Carolyn Kuebler, Library Journal

There's been more than enough written on Kahlo to fill bookstore display tables. This . . . may be one of the best. --Publishers Weekly

Maso, a highly original writer, distills her contemplation of Kahlo's indelible paintings and vital diaries and letters into a supple, discerning, and haunting prose poem, a biographical meditation that elegantly charts Kahlo's epic resiliency, artistic daring, unrelenting suffering, soul-saving 'sense of the ridiculous, ' and glorious defiance. Maso's spare yet lyric tribute, a genuine communion, is a welcome antidote to the mawkishness and sensationalism that is starting to blur our appreciation for Kahlo's pioneering art and incandescent spirit. --Donna Seaman, Booklist