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The God of My Art: A Novel by [Sarah Lane]

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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

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DF4RVCS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Purpleferns Press (November 7, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 7, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1617 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 225 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 3.8 out of 5 stars 87 ratings

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Sarah Lane is a Canadian author. Her first novel The God of My Art was a quarterfinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Roar Magazine, and Quills: Canadian Poetry Magazine.

She has travelled the globe, from Cameroon to Costa Rica to Scotland to Spain. She wrote her first novel while living in France. Now a mom to two young children, she has put down tentative roots in Vancouver, where she's working on a new book: a psychological thriller about a doppelgänger and the madness of salsa dancing.

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