Still Lives: A Novel

Still Lives: A Novel by Maria Hummel 1640092013 9781640092013
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Twelve shocking paintings. Eleven famous murders. One missing artist . . . and one woman driven to find her--this Reeses Book Club x Hello Sunshine Selection is a "stunning achievement" (Los Angeles Times).

Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered womenthe Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many othersand the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

As the citys richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museums opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institutions flailing finances.

Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.

Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggies ex. A rogues gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lords disappearance, shell come to suspect all of those closest to her.

Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art worlds hall of mirrors, and one womans journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.

"Its a thrilling mystery that will leave you wondering which characters you can and cant trust . . . Theres a twist at the end that still keeps us up at night, its THAT good." --Reese Witherspoon (A Reeses Book Club x Hello Sunshine Selection)

Author: Maria Hummel

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 304

Publisher: Counterpoint

Publication Date: 2019-06-04


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