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The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford
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Oct 28, 08

Read in September, 2008

Enjoyable but a little too singleminded in its plot, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque offers the premise that a successful New York portrait artist in the late 1800s is given a strange commission: paint the portrait of a woman he is not allowed to see. He meets with her daily; she sits behind a screen and tells him her life story. He becomes mildly obsessed with learning who this strange Mrs. Charbuque is, and begins to receive threatening visits from Mr. Charbuque, whom Mrs. Charbuque has spoken of as being deceased. I found the book captivating and read most of it in one day, but ultimately it's not anything you need to rush out and read.

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