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By Stephanie A. Smith

RRP £16.95 / $26.95
Hardback, 206 pages
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 978 0 85728 200 2
Format: 216mm x 140mm / 8.5 x 5.5 inches

This title is available to purchase as an eBook at key retailers.

Category: Fiction
Level: Thames River Press

Steeped in history, sweeping in scope, 'Warpaint' recounts the lives of three women who struggle to maintain their friendship, their passion and their careers as artists in the masculine world of American painting from the 1920s to the 21st century.

A haunting tale of friendship and rivalry between three women artists, who’ve known each other for years, who must come to terms with imminent mortality and artistic frustration: Liz Moore, born poor in Minnesota, fought her way to New York in the 1920s, but isn’t “discovered” until late in life; C.C. Davis, a well-to-do New Yorker is Moore’s only student, and rival, who, just after WWII achieves some small success, but feels, as she faces cancer in 2002, a failure; and Quiola Kerr, part Ojibwe, once C.C.’s lover, who is caught in the middle, and who, as a painter in the 21st century, has the most doubts about art’s value in an electronic world. In April 2002, all three meet a week before C.C.’s mastectomy at a MOMA retrospective for Liz Moore, but their reunion is tense. Still, they try to cope, until C.C. makes an unexpected and controversial choice, one which nearly breaks the bonds these three took so many decades to forge, and forces Quiola to try to confront Liz, who she believes deliberately sabotaged C.C.’s career.

Stephanie A. Smith teaches literature and women’s studies at the University of Florida. She has been committed to writing ever since she was a student of Ursula K. Le Guin and has previously written two young adult fantasy novels – ‘Snow Eyes’ and ‘The Boy Who Was Thrown Away’ – and an adult science fiction novel, ‘Other Nature’. Her work, both critical and fictional, investigates politics, science, literature, race and gender.

Imprint: Thames River Press

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