Costalegre: A Novel Inspired by Peggy Guggenheim and Her Daughter, Pegeen
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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.
A spectacular high-wire act that dazzles and devastates.--Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
A special book, by a writer who proves on these pages that she can do anything.--Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
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
Delightful. . . . In Lara, Maum has given a little-considered daughter a more hopeful future.--Mona Simpson "The New York Times Book Review"
Taut and lush.-- "Washington Post"
Reveals the power a mother holds over her daughter.-- "TIME"
Delivered in spades. Highly recommended.-- "Glamour, Best Books of the Decade"
Slender, intelligent. . . . A portrait of the young woman amidst the artists.-- "The Boston Globe"
Beautiful. . . . A story about growing up and looking for love.-- "GOOP"
A whimsical and poignant account of art and self-discovery, explored through the lens of a girl who yearns to be understood.-- "Buzzfeed"
An excellent way to spend a summer weekend.-- "Vulture"
A vividly drawn novel of family, sacrifice, and the limits of understanding.-- "Southern Living"
A mesmerizing story of alienation, intimacy, and the elusive powers of art.-- "NYLON"
Its charm lies less in its summarizable qualities . . . than in Maum's superb balance between humor and grief, and her talent for saying just enough, never too much.-- "BOMB"
Compelling. . . . freshly original and unusual.-- "Book Riot"
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.-- "Star Tribune"
An intimate fever dream.-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
An arty, lavish novel, Costalegre examines one of the relationships that is often the most surreal to dissect: the one between mother and daughter.-- "Thrillist"
A rich and delectable tale of art, love, and war.-- "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"
A brilliantly arch and haunting novel of privilege and deprivation.-- "Booklist"
Enchanting.-- "Kirkus, Starred Review"
A soul-searching, atmospheric novel set in a hot, humid climate as torrid as the affairs of the characters who inhabit it.-- "Library Journal"
Mesmerizing and unsettling, Costalegre is a wonder, and Courtney Maum shows herself once again to be a writer of many gifts. This is a book for anyone who's ever loved, and not felt sufficiently loved in return; and for anyone who's had to try to grow up; for, that is, everyone.--R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries
With its captivating mix of true-to-life characters and WWII history, Costalegre is surreal, intelligent, and full of integrity.--Mark Eisner, author of Neruda: The Biography of a Poet