"Steeped in largely feminine/lesbian sensuality and peopled by famous and cultural figures of pre-World War II Europe, the novel is a dark, sexy romp, although it ends in a disappointing whimper."
Avery (The Teahouse Fire
, 2006, etc.) is right in step with the current publishing trend toward romantic yet literary historical fiction with this imagined romance between the cubist/art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka and the model Rafaela, who appears in six of her paintings.
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