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The Great Man by Kate Christensen

The Great Man of this novel's title is Oscar Feldman, a famous New York City painter in the middle of the last century. Feldman's specialty was painting female nudes, a manifestation of his thirst for women. Besides the models he bedded, his wife Abigail raised their daughter and autistic son, his mistress Teddy raised their twin daughters, and his sister Maxine, a talented artist in her own right, was lost in his shadow. After his death, competing biographers want to know all his secrets, and Abigail, Teddy, and Maxine have a chance to tell their side of the story. Even though they're all elderly women, they continue to lead energetic lives despite a lifetime of neglect from the famous painter. Kate Christensen's novel has received mostly positive reviews with January Magazine saying, "The Great Man is sly: Its dust-jacket will say that it is about Oscar Feldman, who was great in one way and not so great in every other. The truth is, though, this extraordinary book is about the three far greater women in his life."
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Winner of the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

USA Today review by Carol Memmott

Christian Science Monitor review by Yvonne Zipp

January Magazine review by Tony Buchsbaum

New York Observer review by Hillary Frey

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