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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: May 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Maureen | 1/28/2014

    " not my favorite by her "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa S-G | 1/28/2014

    " This story was so compelling, I finished the book in just a few hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanaz | 1/24/2014

    " Very good book. She explores family dynamics and the messiness of life. From the start we learn that the mom in the story takes pictures of her daughter. Some may say these pix are works of art while others may say that they were child pornography. Loyalty and family obligations to one another are challenged in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/23/2014

    " What if your mother was a world famous photographer, and the subject of her photographs was you, as a child, nude? Very well done, although each reader will have to decide what is art and what is abuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 1/14/2014

    " Couldn't decide what to rate this one, but went with 3 stars, lol. It was a good book...not GREAT, and probably not what it could have been. Still a good read, though. I felt sympathetic to the character, but at times it felt like I didn't know what she was thinking/doing, or her reasoning behind things. But I liked how through the story it flashed back to the days when she was a child being photographed, and gave us the back story, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/13/2014

    " Enjoyable, although the photographs described were disturbing. Given how disturbing the images were, the ending was a bit too facile for my taste. But the writing was good and the characters were mostly believable. I really enjoyed the descriptions of NYC (esp. Soho) in the early 1980s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/5/2014

    " Really intense, as good as her last novel, Family History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 12/9/2013

    " interesting loose interpretation of Sally Mann's photographs of her children and the resulting criticism and perhaps strained relationships "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen Achilles | 11/26/2013

    " This is a good story, but there is just something in Shapiro's voice that is overly dramatic, and too angst-y, and that was the case here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 10/22/2013

    " one of the most interesting books ive read in a long time. subject matter was fascinating, and if you have ever been interested in photography def pick up a copy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather KS | 10/3/2013

    " This was an incredible story. The author did such a good job capturing the feelings of Clara and how it would feel to be "that girl in the pictures." Her struggle with her feelings as her mother is dying is so heartwrenching. I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antionette | 10/2/2013

    " It was a good story, I just found the topic disturbing. I couldn't get over that. I found the ending very unsatisfying. Also what happened to Nathan? Too many things left unresolved for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 9/17/2013

    " I really found the subject matter - a mother chosing her art over her daughter - fascinating, but I found myself wanting more in this storyline. I'm not quite sure what it was, but I felt like she could have done a little more with it. Still, I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 katen moore | 6/6/2013

    " Very disturbing but great read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitty | 5/18/2013

    " Story of a young woman that was exploited by her mother when she was a child. Could have been a great book but it didn't go deep into the relationship of the 3 main characters. Too wordy. Quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Colitti | 4/21/2013

    " I wish i had read another of the authors books first because i like her writing and short stories. The subject/storyline of this book, which to me is unquestionably about exploiting kids, was too disturbing for me to enjoy it. I finished it but almost did not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 12/18/2012

    " Not great literature by any means but exceedingly readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry | 10/21/2012

    " Our book club read and discussed this book at length with the focus on one central question: Was, or was not, Ruth Dunne's picture taking of her nude daughter Clara child abuse. Although an intriguing story, I Personally rate the book as borderline chick-lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/26/2012

    " Very interesting. Uplifting in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ishanie | 8/14/2012

    " Easy read, but kind of hard to get into. The relationship between mother and daughter is strange and confusing. It's hard for me to understand all that resentment the character had towards her mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 5/29/2012

    " Some interesting insights on how a parents willingness to sacrifice her child for her art causes a lifetime of rage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/3/2012

    " Art, or child pornography and abuse? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 12/2/2011

    " A great read and Upper West Siders will especially enjoy all the references to the neighborhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/31/2011

    " I love her honesty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sykia Miles | 10/12/2011

    " Do the right thing no matter what people may try to influence you to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristine | 7/23/2011

    " What is art? Who defines it? When does it stop being art and start being exploitation? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/22/2011

    " Art, or child pornography and abuse? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/27/2011

    " I really liked it. Deep dark but sensitive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 3/25/2011

    " I'm not sure about this one! Dying mother and two adult daughters try to forgive one another for past pain! I wanted more! I think I decided I don't like this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 2/6/2011

    " Gorgeous storytelling! I couldn't pry myself from this sharp and painful novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/14/2010

    " A dark look into the blurred lines of what defines art. More importantly, how do you forgive someone? How do you move on? Black & White was really hard to put down - it was well written and I just wanted to know more.
    This was a selection from the Akron Art Museum book club in 2009. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 10/15/2010

    " It was an entertaining read on a plane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 9/29/2010

    " Not great literature by any means but exceedingly readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette | 7/20/2010

    " Very interesting story about a mother's photographs of her daughter and whether it was art or pornography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 6/17/2010

    " not my favorite by her
    "

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About the Author
Author Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of the novels Black & White and Family History and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker; Granta; Tin House; Elle; Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”