A Richer Dust

When Doll, a British painter just out of art school at Slade, arrives in New Mexico in 1924, she is certain only of her faith in the man who invited her social philosopher Abe Bronstone, who has left Britain to found a model society in Taos Doll has renounced her own aristocratic roots to join the high desert household of Abe and his wife Vera a scandalous German divorcWhen Doll, a British painter just out of art school at Slade, arrives in New Mexico in 1924, she is certain only of her faith in the man who invited her social philosopher Abe Bronstone, who has left Britain to found a model society in Taos Doll has renounced her own aristocratic roots to join the high desert household of Abe and his wife Vera a scandalous German divorc e Doll s narration of events moves backward to her childhood in Victorian London, and forward to her solitary life in 1963 Taos, solitary until she meets the much younger Akbar He doesn t know how much younger and I don t plan to tell him As the community around Abe which loosely incorporates East Coast heiress Janie her Native American husband, Junior local Indians from the reservation and a war traumatized Chicago poet and his wife unravels, Doll s affair with Akbar, the most fulfilling of her life, intensifies, but it puts her in small town conflict with Akbar s mother, protective of her sweetly ne er do well son.Inspired by events in the life of the British painter Dorothy Brett, who ventured to Taos with D.H Lawrence and his wife in the years after World War I and, unlike the Lawrences, stayed to brave it out , A Richer Dust finds in Doll s life the convulsive shift from the Victorian to the Modern, as aesthetics and sexuality found explosive new forms It is the story of a woman who remains open to life despite discouragement and disappointments, and whose self discovery of her art, her body, and her mind is as unceasing as it is unaffected The Taos landscape, through Doll s eyes and through the rest of her keen senses, except for her damaged hearing , is vivid and breathtaking, and serves as a magnificent canvas for sketching the arc of her life.
A Richer Dust When Doll a British painter just out of art school at Slade arrives in New Mexico in she is certain only of her faith in the man who invited her social philosopher Abe Bronstone who has left

  • Title: A Richer Dust
  • Author: Amy Boaz
  • ISBN: 9781579621599
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “A Richer Dust”

    1. I gave up. Aping D.H. Lawrence seems like a bad plan. His writing is precarious enough when it's him writing it. Someone else "doing" Lawrence is kind of insufferable.

    2. I couldn't fall in love with any of the characters in this book, though the portrayal of New Mexico in the 1920's and 1960's was interesting. Just OK for me

    3. A mostly interesting story of a group of radicals that leave London shortly after WWI and emigrate to New Mexico, told in flashes by one member.

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