Lee and Elaine by Ann Rower

cover of the book Lee and ElaineLee and Elaine by Ann Rower
Genre: Fiction
Copyright Year: 2002
Published: 2002
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail
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Format: Trade Paperback
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No. of Pages: 247
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ISBN: 1852424168
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When Ann’s childhood friend Hannah Wilke dies and is buried in Green River, the famous East Hampton cemetery which contains the graves of Abstract Expessionist painters Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O’Hara, and Stuart Davis, Ann seeks out the graveyard. She becomes obsessed with the graves of women artists, mostly wives of more famous men, and she imagines that Lee and Elaine get a second chance and come back as lesbians. Such speculation is never innocent and the narrator finds that her own life is turned upside down as she falls in love with a woman student and abandons the security of her marital Soho loft. The invasive powers of fiction are brilliantly demonstrated in this wryly funny and mordant book about romance, life, death, and starting over. A diehard New Yorker, Ann Rower is the author of If You’re a Girl (Native Agents) and Armed Response (Serpent’s Tail) which is her celebration of the death of her uncle Leo Robin, who wrote ‘Thanks for the Memory’ and ‘Diamonds are A Girl’s Best Friend’ and many other songs. She is currently living in Bisbee, Arizona and thinking of teaching a course on ‘Writing on Horseback’ at the local college.
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