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The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
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Nov 05, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from November 10 to 30, 2011

I won this book on Goodread’s Giveaway!

It is a wonderful book. It is set in Paris during the 1920’s in the expatriate arts community, an era that I find fascinating in it’s dazzling decadence and beauty. The fictional characters in this story are interwoven so well with actual historical figures. I found myself googling Tamara Limpicka’s artwork (beautiful!) and the couture designs of Elsa Schiparelli. The complexity of the relationship between Rafaela and Tamara is so compelling as you see the narcissism of Tamara as she takes full advantage of Rafaela’s naiveté (even though Rafaela has already experienced so much of the world at the age of 17). After the passion of part one of the book, the cold, calculated self-centered, self preservation explanation of part two is somewhat of a shock.

An excellent read and I will be recommending this book to all my friends!
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