A discordant family of eclectic artists' lives are thrown into question with an unexpected death.
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned," wrote Paul Valéry, an outcome echoed in the ten year on/off extramarital affair between Katharine, a film editor and Naomi, a lesbian poet. Set in New York in the 90s, art, addiction and family dysfunction culminate in Katharine’s attempt to reconcile her marriage. But when her love for the poet prevails, she must face confrontations with her two grown daughters, an artist and a writer mired in addiction. Art is front and center in the novel. The precariousness of the artistic process is as risky, messy, and unpredictable as building intimacy and trust in love. Devotion and commitment are not the guard rails that keep a work or relationship on track but rather a form of entrapment..
Fiction. Jewish Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Art.
Melanie Mitzner is a Montreal/New York writer. She is an Edward Albee Fellow and a finalist in four fiction and screenwriting competitions. Former journalist and publicist in tech/broadcasting and co-founder of The Groovy Mind, Melanie's work focuses on political, social and environmental justice. SLOW REVEAL is her debut novel. She is also toiling away on a controversial new book, The Expat.