By Kathryn Harrison
“Luminous and affecting . . . [Exposure] examines the customarily effective line among paintings and abuse. . . . Taut in plot, superbly lifelike, and intelligently disturbing.”
Ann Rogers seems to be a fortunately married, profitable younger lady. a skilled photographer, she creates satisfied thoughts for others, videotaping weddings, splicing jointly scenes of smiling faces, enhancing out awkward moments. yet she can't edit her personal stories so easily–images of a adolescence spent as her father’s version and muse, the topic of his celebrated sequence of debatable photos. to manage, Ann slips right into a mystery lifetime of disgrace and vice. but if the Museum of contemporary artwork declares a retrospective of her father’s stunning pics, Ann unearths herself teetering at the fringe of self-destruction, desperately attempting to break out the mental maelstrom that threatens to devour her.
“Astounding . . . instructed in prose as multifaceted as a diamond, crystalline and enchanting. ‘Remarkable’ not often is going a long way enough.”
“Impossible to place down . . . Kathryn Harrison is an exceptionally talented author, poetic, passionate, and elegant.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“Exquisite, exhilarating, and harrowing.”
–Donna Tartt, writer of The mystery History and The Little Friend
“A breathless city nightmare demanding to put out of your mind. Stark, wonderful, and unique work.”
–Kirkus reports (starred review)
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You see, our sister Candida died before Papa did, and Olivia said she hoped Candida’s children would die too, and then she would come into her own. ’ Candida felt as if something cold had touched her. It didn’t come from Miss Cara — her hand was burning hot. It let go of her wrist now and went up to touch the carefully ordered hair, incongruously black above the ravaged face. She had stopped crying, and though her eyelids were reddened and the smooth powdered surface of her skin had been impaired, she had a relaxed look.
Mrs. Harbord still had that shaking hand pressed against her lips. It came down now and went out groping to the arm of the chair. She said in a startled voice, ‘Ellen Kean — did she send you? I thought —’ ‘No, she did not send me. ’ Mrs. Harbord said in a choked voice, ‘She came in — and she sat there — and she didn’t believe a word I said. She come like it was her Christian duty to come, and because I sent for her. She’d gone up in the world, and I’d gone down, but we went to school together.
Papa said it was a most shocking case, and just like King Lear! ’ It was at this moment by the light of a blinding flash of anger that Stephen became aware he was in love with Candida Sayle. Chapter Eight It was next day that Miss Silver met Mr. Puncheon in the street. He was hurrying along and had already passed her in a short-sighted manner, when he seemed suddenly to recollect himself and turned back. ‘Miss Silver — I really beg your pardon’t I have been wanting to see you — I was immersed in my thoughts.