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This is a novel which is difficult to describe because of its complexity. Essentially, it tells the story of a family, but it's told with flashbacks and fragments in such a way that a reader may easily get lost. Nonetheless, it's a good sense of being lost, a sense in which one explores new territories and discovers new beauty.
Sarah Plimpton is a painter and a poet. She divides her time between New York City and France. Her poems and prose have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and the Denver Quarterly, among other magazines. A collection of poems has been translated into French, L'Autre Soleil, and published by LeCormier, Belgium. Her paintings and artist's books are in various museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum, of Art.