[Epub] ➞ Tuesday Nights in 1980 Author Molly Prentiss – Reliableradio.co.uk

Tuesday Nights in 1980 A debut well worth looking forward to people being able to read next year Some of the most vibrant and expressive writing about art and the art scene I ve ever read. I loved this book Oh to be in NYC in the 80 s during the time when art was hip and powerful The book tells the story of three souls just trying to make it in New York in the early 80 s The author captures so beautifully the gritty, raw, bohemian lifestyle of this time in history The story is about three different people Lucy, James, and Raul and how their lives converge The book rotates between these characters during one year of their lives and after tragic circumstances how much their lives change Lucy, from a small town in Idaho, coming to New York to find an artist James, a quirky man with a condition that makes him see colors You can say he s a bit obsessed with art and works for quite a while as an art critic Raul, the artist, who is struggling with his past, guilt, and what is to come for him It s quite sad at times A Transcendent Debut Novel That Follows A Critic, An Artist, And A Desirous, Determined Young Woman As They Find Their Way And Ultimately Collide Amid The Ever Evolving New York City Art Scene Of The 1980s.Welcome To SoHo At The Onset Of The Eighties A Gritty, Not Yet Gentrified Playground For Artists And Writers Looking To Make It In The Big City Among Them James Bennett, A Synaesthetic Art Critic For The New York Times Whose Unlikely Condition Enables Him To Describe Art In Profound, Magical Ways, And Raul Engales, An Exiled Argentinian Painter Running From His Past And The Dirty War That Has Enveloped His Country As The Two Men Ascend In The Downtown Arts Scene, Dual Tragedies Strike, And Each Is Faced With A Loss That Acutely Affects His Relationship To Life And To Art It Is Not Until They Are Inadvertently Brought Together By Lucy Olliason A Small Town Beauty And Raul S Muse And A Young Orphan Boy Sent Mysteriously From Buenos Aires, That James And Raul Are Able To Rediscover Some Semblance Of What They Ve Lost.As Inventive As Jennifer Egan S A Visit From The Goon Squad And As Sweeping As Meg Wolitzer S The Interestings, Tuesday Nights In 1980 Boldly Renders A Complex Moment When The Meaning And Nature Of Art Is Being All But Upended, And New York City As A Whole Is Reinventing Itself In Risk Taking Prose That Is As Powerful As It Is Playful, Molly Prentiss Deftly Explores The Need For Beauty, Community, Creation, And Love In An Ever Changing Urban Landscape. I really enjoyed this book and was not ready for it to end I also loved reading about this time period in New York I was however hoping to find out about the three main characters in the end we are left to wonder This is one of the most emotionally satisfying books I ve read in a long time The character development is deep almost to the point of being excessive, but this is the kind of book I love most I want to know every little thing The characters in this book are fully drawn they feel like real people with real fears and real failures and real hopes and real love.Tuesday Nights in 1980 is about three people in the New York City arts scene whose lives will become inextricably linked, three people who will have to lose everything before they can discover what really matters There s James, the peculiar art critic Raul, the talented young painter and Lucy, the small town girl new to the big city.Prentiss weaves the three storylines together seamlessly, which is not an easy task, especially for a debut writer Novels like this one can often feel disconnected, but this one is fluid and purposeful.And yet, strangely enough, this sense of purpose was also one of its only downfalls for me Fate is a huge theme throughout, and I can appreciate that, but the serendipitous nature of many of the characters interactions was the one thing that grated on me It s the one thing that edged a little too close to the ledge of sentimentality.But don t get me wrong the good far far, far outweighed the bad.I imagine some may find Prentiss s prose the repetition of words and sentenc An impressive debut novel, Molly Prentiss brings you right into the Soho art scene, circa 1980 Written in a unique prose, the story mainly focuses on three interesting main characters and their intersecting lives James, an oddball art critic with synesthesia, Raul, a talented artist from Argentina and Lucy, a young, small town girl trying to find her way in NYC I really enjoyed reading about the changing art scene during this time, and the 1980 s references that the author brought into the story pay phones, etc There are quite a few colorful side characters in the book that are introduced but we are never told what happened to them This contributed to my feelings in the end that made me feel I wanted a bit from the story Overall, an enjoyable By page 25, I was already in love with Tuesday Nights in 1980 It has everything I crave in a book beautiful, smart writing, characters I want to know and a fascinating setting the art world in 1980 New York City Amazingly, it did not disappoint me as I read on It engag She woke up the next morning to see the still wet picture of herself, knowing forever had started, if forever were what forever felt like, which was a year in New York City when you were in love Do you dream of New York For those of us that don t live there and perhaps even for those of us that do, I think we all dream of New York to some extent It s that place on earth that we imagine everything to be vibrant, real somehow New York is my fantasy book setting It s my million words away Its charms are almost akin to something from another mystical and magical realm Tuesday Nights in 1980 is the second book in recent weeks that I have read about New York and the people who live there Whereas the first book Modern Lovers disappointed me and left me feeling hollow, this book was so much and then some It was full of life and living with art, sex, pain, love, loss, guilt and characters that were utterly messed up but beautifully human It was colourful and vibrant, somehow both butterfly inducing and stomach churning, gritty and grime ridden, hopeful and apathetic, and it gave me the New York of my dreams Everything I want to believe that New York is, is right in A wonderfully satisfying novel Molly Prentiss knows how to craft a story Her prose has energy alternating delightful and hilarious and deeply affecting Lives collide between an art critic, a painter, and a girl from small town Idaho Relationships lov New York, on the cusp of 1980, the changing art scene of Soho before it became officially known as Soho Following the lives of three individuals for the next year Lucy in her early twenties coming from Idaho to experience life in a big city, James who after college has no clue what to do and whose unique ability enables him to see colors and paintings in a unique way will find himself the reigning critic of the art world and Raul, escaping the post Peron Dirty War in Argentina as well as his sisters new husband whom he despises, will find himself the art worlds new favorite These three will find their lives entwined in many ways.New York in all its rawness, street artists squats, art galleries, new relationships, grittiness, the many ways to create art, unfaithfulness, a young boy missing and a new young boy arriving A tragic accident that will change all these characters and others close to them Loved the way these characters change within one short year, realistic maybe not but possible, a year can seem short but much can happen This book was structured in such a unique and original way Combining the disappeared in Argentina and a young boy missing in New York, tragic for those involved regardless of where or how many, one is than enough James ability an added dimension to the book, the wa


About the Author: Molly Prentiss

Molly Prentiss has been a Writer in Residence at The Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center and at the Workspace program the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and received the Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Aspen Institute She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts Tuesday Nights in 1980 is her first novel She currently lives, writes and walks around


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