The Only True Genius in the Family

By Jennie Nash
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425225752, 304pp.)

Publication Date: February 3, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2009 Indie Notables
“Growing up in the shadow of a legendary photographer, Claire has fought doubts about her own artistic ability. At the time of her estranged father?s death, Claire's daughter finds her own artistic star rising, providing a complex mix of emotions for Claire. Jennie Nash has a gift for delivering characters with whom the reader can readily connect?they are very human, less than perfect, and believable.”
-- Gayle Wingerter, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA


From the author of The Last Beach Bungalow: a portrait of a family-in all its heartbreaking complexity.

Though she lives in the shadow of her legendary landscape photographer father, and is the mother of a painter whose career is about to take off, Claire has carved out a practical existence as a commercial photographer. Her pictures may not be the stuff of genius, but they've paid for a good life.

But when her father dies, Claire loses faith in the work she has devoted her life to-and worse, begins to feel jealous of her daughter's success. Then, as she helps prepare a retrospective of her famous father's photographs, Claire uncovers revelations about him that change everything she believes about herself as a mother, a daughter, and an artist...

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