The God of My Art

A Novel
by Sarah Lane CA Canada
January 28, 2014

Average: 5 (4 votes)
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"Really takes off during a high and naked moment in a self-made steam hut in the woods." -Publisher's Weekly
A portrait of the artist as a young woman...
An artist in search of herself, a narcissistic lover, and an unforgettable collection of other misfit characters come together in this novel, where obsessive and unrequited love becomes the fodder for the creative muse. The novel inverts the trope of the male artist and his pursuit of a female muse: his elevation of a mortal woman onto a pedestal and subsequent heroine worship of her as a goddess of art. In The God of My Art, the artist is a young woman infatuated with an unavailable rock climbing international aid worker, and as the story unfolds, so does the nature of her hero worship.
 
FROM THE BACK COVER:
“Helene vividly remembers that night in Prince George when her alcoholic mother threatened to leave. She also cannot forget the day her stepfather sent her away to a group home. Now, years later in Vancouver, she has met a man who can make her forget all that.
The God of My Art is layered with unforgettable scenes of youth, obsessive love, and artistic longing. At the core of this haunting coming-of-age tale are the shifting faces of Helene—teenage runaway, university student, and budding artist. Related in Helene’s engaging voice, this novel chronicles her seminal love affair with Matthew, a globetrotting mountaineer passionate about Nietzsche, and the art he inspires within her. As she wrestles to become the artist she wants to be, she encounters unforgettable characters along the way, including Hana, a lesbian theatre student fed up with her partner’s multiple affairs, and Laurent, a French exchange student who grapples with existential questions of his own.
Bold and poetic, sensual and confessional, The God of My Art is the beautifully written first novel by Sarah Lane, one of Canada’s most exciting new literary voices.”

 

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

“Many authors succeed in capitalizing on vibrant cities to set their novels, but Sarah Lane’s beautiful and simple prose takes this a magical step further. The God of My Art is far more than a collage of Vancouver beaches, streets and towering mountains. The novel’s strength lies in the dichotomy of the “chosen” and “outliers”—the pampered heirs to Shaughnessy fortunes and the soon-to-disappear women of Hastings Street back alleys. Like art, Lane’s prose reveals its deepest secrets not in the rays of light, but in the shadows.” –New Perspectives on Canadian Literature‎

“The God of My Art is at its heart a charming read. There is something about it that envelops the reader, sitting them right next to the tortured Helene. . . . But be warned: Lane’s prose has a tendency to gently lure you into reading the book in one sitting.”
–The Ubyssey
“Really takes off during a high and naked moment in a self-made steam hut in the woods.”
–Publisher’s Weekly
"The God of My Art is a beautiful book. The writing is precise, the sentences flow together, and the prose is poetic. I recommend it to everyone who loves authenticity in art and life." -Manchester, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
 
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