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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dani Shapiro Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Clara Brodeur has spent her entire adult life pulling herself away from her famous mother, the renowned and controversial photographer Ruth Dunne, whose towering reputation rests on the unsettling nude portraits she took of her young daughter from the ages of 3 to 14. The Clara Series, which graced the walls of museums around the world as well as the pages of New York City tabloids that labeled the work pornographic, cast a long and inescapable shadow over its subject.

At 18, when Clara might have entered university and begun to shape an identity beyond her sensationalized, unsought role in the New York art world, she fled to the quiet obscurity of small-town Maine, where she married and had a child, a daughter whom she has tried to shield from the central facts of her early life and her damaging role as her mother's muse.

As Clara charts a path connecting her childhood with her adult life, Shapiro's novel weaves together past and present in images as stark and intense as the photographs that tore the Dunnes apart. A brilliant examination of motherhood, a novel that pits artistic inspiration against maternal obligation and asks whether the two can ever be fully reconciled, Black & White explores the limits and duties of family loyalties, and even of love.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by rachel | 2/3/2014

    " Story of a famous photographer who's young daughter is her muse. The daughter hates it because wherever she goes in NYC she's recognized. She decides she needs to leave and runs away at a young age to a small town in Maine. 14 years later she gets a call from her sister in New York saying she must get back to the city because their mom is sick. She goes back to NY to rebuild her relationship with her mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 2/3/2014

    " Every time I read Dani Shapiro, I'm impressed all over again. This one takes a very complex look at family vs. art. Very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggie | 1/29/2014

    " Amazing novel that I got to review for Conversations with Famous Writers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen | 1/28/2014

    " not my favorite by her "

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