The Great Man

By Kate Christensen
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307277343, 305pp.)

Publication Date: May 13, 2008

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Description
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Oscar Feldman, the renowned figurative painter, has passed away. As his obituary notes, Oscar is survived by his wife, Abigail, their son, Ethan, and his sister, the well-known abstract painter Maxine Feldman. What the obituary does not note, however, is that Oscar is also survived by his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their daughters.
As two biographers interview the women in an attempt to set the record straight, the open secret of his affair reaches a boiling point and a devastating skeleton threatens to come to light. From the acclaimed author of "The Epicure's Lament," a scintillating novel of secrets, love, and legacy in the New York art world.



About the Author
KATE CHRISTENSEN is the author of the novels "In the Drink," "Jeremy Thrane, "and "The Epicure's Lament," Her essays and articles have appeared in various publications, including "Salon," "Mademoiselle, "the "Hartford Courant, Elle, "and the bestselling anthology "The Bitch in the House," She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.


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Praise For The Great Man

The Great Man is as unexpectedly generous as it is entertaining. . . . Wise and expansive. . . . Christensen is a witty observer of the art universe.” —The New York Times “Christensen's writing is clear-eyed, muscular, bitingly funny, and supremely caustic about the niceties of social relations, contemporary American culture, and sexual politics.” —O, The Oprah Magazine “These characters are wonderfully developed and break the stereotype of the aging female protagonist. Christensen . . . boldly has raised the bar.” —USA Today "Nimble, witty and discerning, Kate Christensen is single-handedly reinvigorating the comedy of manners with her smart and disemboweling novels of misanthropes, cultural and aesthetic divides, private angst, social ambition and appetites run amok." —Chicago Tribune

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