Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Novel: The Center of the World

Center of the worldAlternating between nineteenth-century Europe and present-day New England, Thomas Van Essen’s novel The Center of the World (Other Press, 2013) follows the great British painter J. M. W. Turner and his circle of patrons and lovers; and Henry, a middle-aged family man whose otherwise mundane existence is disrupted by the discovery of The Center of the World, Turner’s mesmerizing and troubling painting of Helen of Troy that was thought to have been lost forever.

This painting had such devastating erotic power that it was hidden away and supposedly destroyed … until Henry happens to stumble upon it while vacationing at his summer home in the Adirondacks.

Van Essen, a New Jersey resident, also has a home in the Adirondacks, one that formed the basis for Henry’s property in the novel.

Note: Books noticed at Adirondack Almanack have been provided by their publishers.

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  1. alex mckay says:

    sounds interesting – i’ll track it down

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