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A Work of Art: A Novel Paperback – May 2, 2017
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"Romantics should enjoy watching this feisty couple rediscover their love for each other, work through their differences, and start over again with their new baby.”
“A darling celebration of forgiving and the intricacies of communication, this stunning adventure is the chick lit event of the year.”
“An endlessly charming story about second chances, A Work of Art explores the question we’ve all asked ourselves: is true love worth a second chance?”
" A Work of Art by Micayla Lally takes the unusual tack of beginning the story at the end of a relationship. As she paints a renewed love that rises from the ashes of the old, Lally draws two imperfect characters who are growing into the people they need to be. The question is whether their new love is strong enough to survive the mistakes of their past."
—Maren Anderson, author of Fuzzy Logic and Closing the Store
"Forget Samson and Delilah, take a romp with Samson and Julene in Lally's witty, whimsical debut. A great escapist pleasure, Lally's sassy, Aussie voice shines, drawing readers in to this gem of a romance that keeps you guessing until the very end."
—Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson, author of the award winning travel memoir Peanut Butter & Naan: Stories of an American Mom in the Far East
"A Work of Art is a sweet and sassy look at what happens when couples don’t communicate."
—Valerie Ihsan, author of The Scent of Apple Tea
Micayla Lally’s A Work of Art is a delightful romp through modern-day Adelaide’s art world. Samson and Julene are a sexy, funny, quirky couple who struggle to discover who they are and what they really mean to each other, especially when they discover that another little person is on the way. A perfect book-club selection, it is Chick Lit at its best! Highly entertaining!
—Michelle Cox, author of The Henrietta and Inspector Howard series
“A fresh and literary spin on traditional chick lit. Micayla Lally has written an engaging, thoughtful story that gives hope to anyone who has ever wished for a second chance.”
—Katie Oliver, author of the Jane Austen Factor series
"Micayla’s book is a lighthearted journey that follows the intricacies of a relationship…[A Work of Art] is a playful, easy to read romance story.”
—Jann Hill, watercolour and collage artist, Australia
"I was hopeful when A Work of Art appeared in the post. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb intriguing so expectations were high.
In short, I wasn't disappointed. Lally makes you like her characters with her frank, engaging style, then runs you through the wringer along with them before leaving you satisfied. I can't say too much without giving away the plot but I will say that I read this book in one sitting and will definitely be revisiting it again. Fans of Liane Moriarty should love this one. I certainly did."
—Georgina Penney, author of The Barbershop Girl
"Sexy and a pleasure to read, this is not your typical chick lit. A Work Of Art demonstrates how relationships can get complicated fast. This story of modern love adeptly shows us how the quirky and sympathetic characters of Samson, Julene and the triangulated Victoria navigate pregnancy, career, love, sex and family dynamics all within the vibrancy of Adelaide, Australia. Ms. Lally’s writing lends itself to our understanding of their stories – we feel deeply for each of them. The perfect book club read. I look forward to more from Ms. Lally."
—Dr. Kat Van Kirk, licensed sex and marriage therapist
"An emotional, hearty debut and perfect spring read, A Work of Art will hopelessly charm every soul-searcher."
—Brit + Co
About the Author
Micayla lives in Oregon with her husband and three adventurous boys. Prior to full-time parenting, she worked in Sydney, Australia. More recently, she’s let the boys fend for themselves while furiously writing a handful of novels, and enjoys sewing clothes and hats, and reading until the wee hours.
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I guess my main problem with A Work of Art is that it's all rather flat. There is nothing particularly interesting or unique about Julene or Samson and their actions and reactions. They're not horrible people, but they're not particularly nice people either. They're just...there, bland and boring. The intimate scenes are fade to black, which is something that when done well and within an interesting story with interesting characters, can be OK. Here, however, it just adds to the flat aspect of the entire story.
I couldn't connect to, or relate to, any of the characters, nor did I like any of them. The whole thing is just rather unlikable, with tons of unnecessary detail that feels too much like telling with little passion involved. A Work of Art is just not enough for me: not enough passion, not enough sweetness, not enough excitement, not enough strong emotion, not enough, period.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book received through NetGalley.
In short, I wasn't disappointed. Lally makes you like her characters with her frank, engaging style, then runs you through the wringer along with them before leaving you satisfied. I can't say too much without giving away the plot but I will say that I read this book in one sitting and will definitely be revisiting it again.
Fans of Liane Moriarty should love this one. I certainly did.