*Why was Rembrandt's Danae stabbed?
*Where is the line between art and porn and who has the right to determine the distinction?
*Who is responsible for feelings or actions evoked by a work of art--the artist or the viewer?
These are just some of the questions brought to light in this stunning debut novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.
Two precocious young girls pose as figurative models for a family friend and end up the center of controversy that has the characters in this novel tackling the question, "What is art?" A brilliant combination of art history, tragedy, philosophy, mystery, this complex plot is woven with expert hands.
Available in February, 2005, The Effects of Light is a must read.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.