Lives Of The Artists
A NovelBook - 2005
MARY AND ALEX have attained the pot of gold at the end of the dot-com rainbow. Wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, the thirtysomething Seattle couple is now free to do whatever they wish.That means pursuing the artistic vocations they always felt more suited to--writing for Mary and painting for Alex--in the intoxicatingly inspirational setting of Florence. But then Tom, their newly unemployed, recently mugged and always lost-soul of a friend, comes to stay with them, ostensibly seeking his own artistic outlet. Befriended by their famous neighbour, a bawdy expat American writer, and adopted by an Italian street child, Mary and Alex discover that freedom is indeed another word--but for what?
Lives of the Artists is a compelling portrait of the complex relationship between art and ideas; an exploration of love and the way it shapes our purpose, our past and our present; and a recounting of the tragedy and comedy that often befall those who search for la vita bella. A novel crafted with clean and classic style, sensual and often funny, this is a modern story for discerning lovers of literary fiction.