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The God of My Art: A Novel by [Lane, Sarah]
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"Sarah Lane's debut novel is an ambitious exploration of how an artist is born and - perhaps more importantly - how she chooses to follow that path as an adult. Lane's prose style is superb; there is a great deal of keen observation, strong dialogue, and interesting ruminations from a heroine coming of age after a difficult childhood." -Sandra Hutchison, author of The Awful Mess: A Love Story

"This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. The plot and character development was brilliant and the writing was exquisite, hard when it needed to be and gentle when required, too. The author never took a wrong turn anywhere. I didn't know where the story was going and I didn't care. I was just so caught up in it." -Martin Crosbie, author of My Temporary Life

"Really takes off during a high and naked moment in a self-made steam hut in the woods." -Publisher's Weekly

"Many authors succeed in capitalizing on vibrant cities to set their novels, but Sarah Lane's beautiful and simple prose takes this a magical step further. The God of My Art is far more than a collage of Vancouver beaches, streets and towering mountains. The novel's strength lies in the dichotomy of the "chosen" and "outliers"--the pampered heirs to Shaughnessy fortunes and the soon-to-disappear women of Hastings Street back alleys. Like art, Lane's prose reveals its deepest secrets not in the rays of light, but in the shadows." -New Perspectives on Canadian Literature

"Be warned: Lane's prose has a tendency to gently lure you into reading the book in one sitting." -The Ubyssey

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Helene vividly remembers that night in Prince George when her alcoholic mother threatened to leave. She also cannot forget the day her stepfather sent her away to a group home. Now, years later in Vancouver, she has met a man who can make her forget all that.

The God of My Art is layered with unforgettable scenes of youth, obsessive love, and artistic longing. At the core of this haunting coming-of-age tale are the shifting faces of Helene--teenage runaway, university student, and budding artist. Related in Helene's engaging voice, this novel chronicles her seminal love affair with Matthew, a globetrotting mountaineer passionate about Nietzsche, and the art he inspires within her. As she wrestles to become the artist she wants to be, she encounters unforgettable characters along the way, including Hana, a lesbian theatre student fed up with her partner's multiple affairs, and Laurent, a French exchange student who grapples with existential questions of his own.

Bold and poetic, sensual and confessional, The God of My Art is the beautifully written first novel by Sarah Lane, one of Canada's most exciting new literary voices.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1617 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Purpleferns Press (November 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DF4RVCS
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The God of My Art by Sarah Lane is one of the best books I have read this summer. It is a story of love, hope, happiness and despair.

The main character, Helene, is an artist and meets her love interest, Matthew through a mutual friend. All are in their early twenties, with Matthew being a few years older than Helene.

From the start, the reader is taken into the depths of Helene's and Matthew's relationship and along the way, Matthew leaves Helene for another place and another woman. But Helene will forever think of Matthew as her muse and subject of her art.

Intermingled with this main plot is the undercurrent of angst from Helene's past - a terrible childhood and a mother who does not appreciate her daughter's artistic abilities. All of these things weigh Helene down throughout the rest of the book.

This is a wonderfully written and beautifully detailed coming of age story that will leave you cheering Helene on to success and to happiness in her life.

It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel as the story is so tightly spun with such well-developed characters. Ms. Lane has gotten my attention on this first novel and I look forward to more from her.
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This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. The plot and character development was brilliant and the writing was exquisite, hard when it needed to be and gentle when required too. The author never took a wrong turn anywhere. I didn't know where the story was going and I didn't care. I was just so caught up in it.
I've known the characters in this book, been to the parties, dreamt the same dreams. It was a pleasure to revisit it all. Definitely recommended and I look forward to anything else this author writes.
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I just finished reading Sarah Lane's novel,"The God of my Art." We first meet the protagonist Helene in June 2001. She is 21. She meets her Muse Matthew through a mutual friend Christine. Christine and Matthew are both members of a University Mountain Rock climbing club.Matthew is older 23. He becomes a brief romantic entanglement for Christine. After this relationship ends She spends much time pondering him-and she takes us along for the ride.

Sarah Lane separates her novel into three stages using the primary colors of Red, Blue and Yellow. This is very creative and fitting for a book about a young artist's journey.Each color also invokes moods; Red is passion, Blue as sorrow and disappointment and Yellow as Growth and new beginnings. Then each section is also divided into chapters. I do not wish to include a synopsis or any spoilers.

This was a fun and engaging read for me personally as an artist. However there are some parts of her book I would like to draw attention to because I felt they were very well written.On page 95 Helene is musing that (she feels)," A life without art seems like no life at all, and every single day that I don't create in some way seems not fully lived." She ponders further about not wanting to become just another starving artist. This inner conflict is the undercurrent throughout this novel.It is a conflict way too familiar to many artists.

Later on pg 160, Helene ponders Nietzche, "Whoever fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster.And if you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into you."She was introduced to his writing via her muse Matthew.As she thinks over this quote she reflects,"What difference can art make, anyway?
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This author is skilled with prose, and it shows. Almost every page allows you to sigh with content at the descriptive language used.

Sometimes the heavy use of description gets in the way of the story, but the writing is so good, you'll agree it's worth it.

I really liked the part where she imagines that she is not that far removed from being a bag lady. Honestly, these destitute on skid row are real people too, and some of them may have lived lives like us, but found themselves one day on the wrong side of the tracks due to drug or alcohol abuse, or cruel family members in positions of authority who would not support them, possibly because they had rendered themselves helpless. The part where she showed a bag lady her drawing of her as a subject was very touching.

I think the story could have been more complete though. It starts off with a bang, and sustains itself powerfully. However, too many issues were left dangling. Where is Matthew? It's a work of fiction, and it may be contrived to do so, but authors are perfectly allowed to bring about a return of an important character at the ending, to tie up loose ends. What happened to her father? Again, it would be good to explore that history. Memoirs are real - there may be no happy ending, or there may be an incomplete story. Here, this is a work of fiction, and we readers demand solutions or answers to questions that the author tantalizingly brings about. What happened to her art career? Maybe a postscript going back over the last five years since the ending of the book would be most helpful.

But, boy, this author can write. Proved her writing chops.
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