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White Light

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015
Just before her father’s sudden death, Cuban-American artist Veronica Gonzalez is offered her first gallery exhibit, a real chance to break into the art world. Torn between the need to mourn and the pressure to create new artwork, Veronica is propelled into a fever-dream of productivity and grief, amidst memories of her tumultuous relat
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 23rd 2015 by Shade Mountain Press (first published September 22nd 2015)
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Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
I'm the publisher, so I'm biased. : )
Susanna Sturgis
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: fiction, women, novel, art
This first novel by a very accomplished writer (and artist) is moving, beautifully written, and creatively designed. If you're intrigued by the interplay of the literary and visual arts, or by how we juggle art, love, grief, family, and making a living, do check this one out.

Shortly after Miami artist Veronica Gonzalez is offered a high-stakes one-woman gallery show, her father takes sick suddenly and dies. Their relationship has been tense, often tempestuous, for years. When she was a teenager,
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a Cuban born Miamian, when I read things like "freakia" or "Mi hormigita" or "I just wanted to go to Tamiami Park", I'm so in! Vanessa Garcia's story of growing up in a Cuban-American family is like all other Cuban-American stories... familiar. But not a boring kind of sameness. More like the feeling you get when you open a Christmas present; it makes you smile, often times laugh out loud and sometimes makes you emotional enough to cry. We are not a boring people and this is not a typical boo ...more
Gerald Hornsby
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“It’s a good story story, and a great book.”

One of the best two books I've read this year (the other was Booker winner The Sellout). This was an amazing read.
Very well written, artfully constructed, skilfully executed. Through the family story of the main character, we are propelled along her struggle with her father’s death, the break up of her relationship, and her attempts to create works of art for her first solo art exhibition. We see how the tumult of her life gets expressed through her ar
Sandra Helen
Aug 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I got this book because I read about the publisher. They claim to publish only great literary fiction by LGBTQ and apparently also by POC who are not in the LGBTQ arena. I read 100 pages of this book, aggravated the whole time by the narrator’s attitude toward her fat father, and by her own anorexia (touted as a virtue, imo), but when the narrator wrote about the joy of giving a blow job, I literally threw the book on the floor. Then I returned it to the library.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great writing. Great characters. Great story, addressing (and addressing well) issues as diverse as obesity, love, race and what it means to be an artist. Highly recommended.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book written by successful artist Vanessa Garcia, the adult child of Cuban emigre parents. Kirkus reviews says it is "Equal parts elegy and portrait of an artist." I agree. This book was very unique because not only do the chapters begin with colors, Garcia's characters and her thoughts are clearly those of an artist. Protagonist Veronica Gonzalez is reeling from the loss of her father and preparation for a very important one woman show in Miami. It had a lot of dream quality, ...more
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. I could see the places she described even though I had never been there. The emotions were real and relatable, where's the next book?
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