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How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall
How to Paint a Dead Man follows the story of four people with some of their stories spaced 30 years apart. In Italy, Giorgio is an artist who paints only bottles. He's facing his last days while reflecting on his choices in life. He'd been giving lessons to Annette, a young woman losing her eyesight and fearful of the Bestia, a demon portrayed in a painting in her church. Thirty years later, Peter is an artist who briefly corresponded with Giorgio years ago. During a walk in Cumbria, he gets his leg stuck and spends the night wondering if it's his last. His daughter, Susan, is reeling from the death of her twin brother and throws herself into an affair with a married man. Sarah Hall's novel has received a Booker nomination and positive reviews. The London Times says, "Hall manages to juggle the individual trajectories brilliantly. Her writing is visceral and engaging, and the emotional lives of her characters are skillfully realised in this bright weave of disparate voices - for whom art is at once a way of seeing and a way of life."