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The Great Man by Kate Christensen
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Jul 16, 2009

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This book was used for a book discussion group comprised mostly of senior citizen women who all thought it was good and exchanged lively insights and views about the characters and the themes. The minor thread on GoodReads about whether Christensen's depiction of the African American characters was racist is valid. At one point, she has one of the female characters suggest that Ralph, one of Oscar's biographers, received a scholarship to go to college because he was a minority. We do not know that this is true, only that the woman thinks it's true. So putting aside any question of stereotyping, it was a good book so I gave it three stars.

Oscar Feldman, a well-known artist who chases women, dies and leaves behind his wife, sister, and Teddy St. Cloud, a mistress who he fathered two children with along with his son by his wife. As far as MFA fiction goes, this is pretty good. Each biographer comes up with a different assessment about the painter and his life and the newspaper reviews of their books are included at the end.

Definitely check this out of the library if you want light literary fiction.

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