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The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
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Read in June, 2012

In essence, it's a love story and a coming of age story. Told from the point of view of Raphaela, Tamara de Lempicka's relationship with the model of some of her most famous paintings comes to life. Capturing a snapshot of the Lost Generation living in Paris in the late 1920's, Rafaela provides a perspective on that realm of expatriates who called Paris home between the world wars. Told with that charm and beguiling innocence that a seventeen year old can display, the reader hears of Joyce's problems publishing and selling Ulysses, of the many lesbian and bisexual relationships dominating the scene, and of the high society that remained vibrantly strong after the war. The story sweeps you off your feet in a river of emotion and leaves you clutching for purchase as it roars towards its inevitable resolution just as the Seine pushes its way to the English Channel.

It can be a rather sensual and erotic read, too.
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