The God Of My Art

Paperback | June 15, 2013

bySarah Lane

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2012 AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTERFINALIST:
"Be warned: Lane's prose has a tendency to gently lure you into reading the book in one sitting." -"The Ubyssey"
"This is a wonderfully written story, has a strong cast of lifelike characters and a gripping, quick-moving plot line. . . . This is a book that once you start it would be hard to put down." -ABNA Expert Reviewer
"Really takes off during a high and naked moment in a self-made steam hut in the woods." -"Publisher's Weekly"
FROM THE BACK COVER:
Helene vividly remembers that night in Prince George when her alcoholic mother threatened to leave. She also cannot forget the day her stepfather sent her away to a group home. Now, years later in Vancouver, she has met a man who can make her forget all that.
"The God of My Art" is layered with unforgettable scenes of youth, obsessive love, and artistic longing. At the core of this coming-of-age tale are the shifting faces of Helene-teenage runaway, university student, and budding artist. Related in her engaging voice, this novel chronicles Helene's seminal love affair with Matthew, a globetrotting mountaineer passionate about Nietzsche, and the art he inspires within her. As she wrestles to become the artist she wants to be, she encounters unforgettable characters along the way, including Hana, a lesbian theatre student fed up with her partner's multiple affairs, and Laurent, a French exchange student who grapples with existential questions of his own.
Bold and poetic, sensual and confessional, "The God of My Art" is the beautifully written first novel by Sarah Lane, one of Canada's most exciting new literary voices.

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2012 AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTERFINALIST: "Be warned: Lane's prose has a tendency to gently lure you into reading the book in one sitting." -"The Ubyssey" "This is a wonderfully written story, has a strong cast of lifelike characters and a gripping, quick-moving plot line. . . . This is a book that once you start it would...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.51 inPublished:June 15, 2013Publisher:Purpleferns PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0991672305

ISBN - 13:9780991672301

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Enjoyable West Coast Read Many authors succeed in capitalizing on vibrant cities to set their novels, but Sarah Lane’s beautiful and simple prose takes this a magical step further. The God of My Art is far more than a collage of Vancouver beaches, streets and towering mountains. The novel’s strength lies in the dichotomy of the “chosen” and “outliers”—the pampered heirs to Shaughnessy fortunes and the soon-to-disappear women of Hastings Street back alleys. Like art, Lane’s prose reveals its deepest secrets not in the rays of light, but in the shadows. The protagonist in Lane’s novel, Helene, is conflicted between her desire for security and the impulses driving her to abandon her “safe” studies in Commerce and be an artist. Helene, now 21, has survived the early death of her French father, her mother Katie’s descent into alcoholism, and the obsessive-compulsive nature of her stepfather Lyle. When at 15 she rebels against Lyle, he convinces her mother to put Helene in a group home in Prince George. She flees the group home and hitchhikes to Vancouver to live on the streets until her friend Christine takes her in and gets her back into school and then to university on a scholarship. There she easily falls for Matthew, a narcissistic young man, who quotes Nietzsche when he’s not off climbing mountains. But when Matthew leaves to join his girlfriend Yoriko in Japan, Helene is left more confused and insecure than before. Encouraged by her friends, Hana and Laurent, Helene gradually regains confidence and dares to think again about pursuing a career in art. While the plot of The God of My Art is not particularly complex, the character development, especially of Helene and her mother Katie, really pulls the novel together. What starts off as a possible essay in self-obsession ends in a strong bond between the reader and Helene, and a fascination for mother Katie with her crushed dreams and trailer-camp existence. Lane’s fiction is not for everyone. Indeed, the storyline of The Art of My God at times skirts puerile reactions to the pitfalls of life. It is the prose that makes this author stand out—each sentence meticulously interlocked with the next. The spice of a philosophical musing at just the right spot. Dialogue that is both realistic and revealing of repressed desires and memories. However, while The God of My Art has definitely set Lane off in the right direction as an author, it is just an appetizer—for the best is assuredly yet to come.
Date published: 2014-01-23