Feast Your Eyes (Compact Disc)
Myla Goldberg has achieved something exceptional with her latest novel, “Feast Your Eyes.” Though the book's central character, Lillian Preston, is the narrator for only a relatively small fraction of the book (the story is told in a series of letters, interviews, and excerpts from the caption of a fictional photographic retrospective), Goldberg has so adroitly drawn her character that Lillian's presence permeates every single page and Lillian is most certainly a character worth getting to know. She has something to teach the reader about being an artist, about being a woman, and about being lonely for beauty's sake. All her lessons are worth learning.
If you are interested in good writing, I recommend this book. If you are interested in the birth of photography as an art form, I recommend this book. If you are interested in the incredible drive of artistic effort and how artfully it is possible to personify that drive in a fictional character, I highly recommend this book. This story is as true as life. You will not regret reading it. Enjoy.
The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season-a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation.
Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: America's Worst Mother, America's Bravest Mother, America's Worst Photographer, or America's Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking. After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school's photo club, Lillian rejects her parents' expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter's sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian's career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.
Narrated by Samantha, Feast Your Eyes reads as a collection of Samantha's memories, interviews with Lillian's friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian's journals and letters-a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity.