A moving story of visual beauty, loss, and deception.
about Despite Elmira Howell’s loving family and distinguished career at an elite Manhattan auction house, the art auctioneer is still deeply troubled by the recent loss of her son. Wrecked with grief, Elmira begins to explore the possibility of cloning him – a reckless course of action that jeopardizes her personal and professional success. On the other side of the Atlantic, a talented but undervalued artist Gabriel Cannois wearies of remaining at the margins of the capricious Parisian art scene. Too old to play the role of the starving artist, Gabriel begins to create fake pieces of art sold as authentic pieces of famous work. As Elmira and Gabriel begin to question the morality of their choices, their narratives converge with disastrous consequences. A nearly perfect copy boldly challenges our presumptions about originality and authenticity, loss and replacement, and the perilous pursuit of perfection.
author Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novel Stations West, which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. She lives in New York City.
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