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Feast Your Eyes

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season—a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation.

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Mode
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Scribner
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader by: Cheri
Myla Goldberg, you are writing genius. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Feast Your Eyes is the story of photographer and mother, Lillian Preston.

Lillian connects to photography in high school when she participates in photo club. Her parents have expectations that she’ll attend college and get married as women do in the 1950s. Instead, Lillian moves to New York City to pursue her photography dreams.

A small gallery displays semi-nude photos of Lillian and her young daughter, Samantha, which ends in Lillian being arres
”Just as I was beginning to worry that waiting was all there would ever be, I picked up a camera – but you know this already. You’re the only one who understands when I say that making pictures makes me fully and truly myself.”

Lillian’s love of photography began through her high school photo club, and her love led to a desire to pursue her passion, hoping that one day she would be working as a photographer for a magazine or newspaper. Shortly after her graduation, she forgoes her parents’ plans
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this. A story of photography, of New York, of art, of mothers and daughters, of love and time. Goldberg's structure is a joy, and I thrilled to imagine each of the 118 photographs -- but to also see the exploration of Lillian Preston as a person, as told through her own writings and the thoughts of others. It doesn't feel entirely like a traditional gallery guide, but maybe gallery guides ought to feel more like this than they currently do, you know?
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
via my blog:
'Just as I was beginning to worry that waiting was all there would ever be, I picked up a camera- but you know this already.'

Myla Goldberg states in her acknowledgements that she was inspired by the life and work of people like Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, and Harold Feinstein (just to name a few) and it certainly shows in the creation of her fictional character, Lillian Preston. This novel is beautiful, we are able to feast our own eyes on subject
Melissa Dee
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. I was dubious about the conceit of writing the novel in the form of a museum catalogue, but Goldberg handled this so well. In my memory, I see the photos she described as if they were part of the novel itself. From the annotations of Lillian’s journal, her daughter’s interviews with roommates, parents and lovers, and the daughter’s own memories, we come to know so many facets of the woman as she developed over time.

"Some mornings I’m so heavy with dread I can hardly move.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read book for anyone remotely interested in photographic art! Especially women. This is a wonderfully presented book about the life of an artist. Her passion drives her life. The camera is an appendage of her as is the dark room. We see the impact of the times (1950-1970’s) and their impact on culture. Having recently visited the MOMA, it was especially meaningful for me.
Sharon Mensing
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! Lillian Preston is a photographer during the 1960's and 70's, and Samantha is both her daughter and the subject of a series of highly controversial photos. The book is told from Samantha's perspective after Lillian's death, in an epistolary manner. Most of the book is framed as a catalogue for a MOMA show of Lillian's work, with each piece titled, dated, and interpreted. Additional exposition is contained in Lillian's diary entries, letters to a life-long friend, and othe ...more
Diane Payne
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning of the novel, there's an explanation describing how the book came about, but it didn't feel like a preface, but an actual part of the novel, a part that seemed unnecessary now that I have finished the novel. The setup of the novel is an interesting way to show the life of a photographer during the 60's and 70's, and her relationship with her daughter, which became controversial after a collection of photos were deemed obscene. Interesting read.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A compelling story of a photographer, Lilly, as told through her journal entries and letters, interviews with her friends, and her daughter Samantha's memories and are interspersed with a catalog with descriptions of her work for an art exhibit. Both Lillian's and Samantha's lives were shaped to an extent by a series of eight highly controversial photos taken by Lilly of Samantha as a young child. The book speaks to the times in that it shows the inequality of men and women, the struggles of a s ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read The Bee Season long ago and eagerly anticipated this book. 4.5 but rounding up. A truly impactful book.--sometimes difficult to read because it was so full of raw emotion.

A story of dysfunction, photography, mothers and daughters, relationships, and more. Social mores and social change. The '60s and '70s; this book is chock full of everything.

Written as a catalogue [but so much more] of the late Lillian/Lilly Preston's photographs by her daughter, Samantha/Jane, with intervening dialogue fr
Kerry Pickens
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
This book is written like a museum catalog or a scrapbook. I didn't care for the style of writing, and was disappointed as I was looking forward to reading it.
Paul Pessolano
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“feast your eyes” by Myla Goldberg, published by Scribner.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – April 16, 2019.

If you are looking for an extraordinary read, not only is this an exceptional story that is well written but it allows the reader to visualize the photography of Lillian Preston. The story is very reminiscent of the life of Sally Mann whose life is tied closely to the main character. Lillian is her own person, she goes against her parents wishes and becomes a photographer who
Mary Robinson
Written in the form of a museum catalog, Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg tells the story of the life and photographic work of Lillian Preston. In 1955, Lilly flees Cleveland after high school to go to New York City to attend photography school, to the dismay of her conservative parents. Soon she is perfecting her technique and moving in a circle of artists, poets and young New Yorkers. After having a child out of wedlock at 19, she continues to subsist on a bookstore job and waitressing while p ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific! The story of Lillian and her daughter Samantha is told primarily through the notes on the catalogue for Lillian's show at the Museum of Modern Art. There are also letters from Lillian to a friend and Samantha's voice comes through as well- including her own doubts. A photographer, Lillian broke a lot of the social norms her family held dear. She enraged people with her photos of Samantha and herself. Much like Sally Mann, Lillian showed her daughter (and herself) in the nude, leading s ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
Any time you have a novel that tries to blend multiple perspectives and voices, it has to nail making them distinct, otherwise you run the risk of having 4 or 5 characters that all sound like the same person. Myla Goldberg's Feast Your Eyes add on the additional difficulty of framing her latest novel as the accompanying catalog for a MoMA exhibition of her main character's photography, as authored by her daughter.

The book pulls this off with aplomb - the photos (which we never see) are described
Debra Branigan
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lillian Preston is a passionate photographer during the 1960's and 70's, and a single mother in New York City. At some point, she photographs her young daughter Samantha in a series of controversial photos that ultimately affects their life and their relationship forever. The book is written from Samantha's perspective in an unusual format. The book is designed as a catalogue for an art show with each photograph titled, dated, and interpreted by Samantha. Additional information that tell the sto ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Myla Goldberg delivers a brilliant story of a woman whose life is informed almost completely by her art. Lillian spends every spare minute honing her passion for photography, and is thrilled when she gets her first show in a gallery. When photos Lillian took of her daughter are declared obscene, an arrest, a prison stint, and lawsuit after lawsuit blow Lillian's world apart -- dragging her daughter along for the ride. Goldberg digs deep into the murky morass of mother/daughter relationships, wit ...more
James Beggarly
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about the short life a photographer who practices her art as a single mother in NYC in the 50s and 60’s. The book is cleverly set up as a catalog of a museum retrospective, but reveals a life lived through photos and is at its heart a beautifully complex story of a strong willed mother and daughter.
Bill Berger
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting novel about a photographer and her daughter living through life
After a legal case involving art and pornography. Story wrapped around the photographer’s photos.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Not just because it’s about a photographer but because of the complexities of family and motherhood and being an artist that it displayed so beautifully.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up.
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaway-entered, art
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is just wonderful. The story is compelling and the creative way it is told works. The book is about Lilly who leaves the Midwest for New York to follow her passion for photography. Much to her parents' dismay, Lilly becomes pregnant (while unmarried) and decides to live in New York City. The story traces Lilly's life and her relationship with her daughter and is told through letters to Lilly's first NYC roommate, narration by her daughter and as descriptions to her photographs. The boo ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the author, and Scribner Publishing. Thanks to all for the opportunity to read and review.

Written as a catalogue for an exhibition we never actually see, we are introduced to Lillian and Samantha Preston. Brilliantly executed, the premise is so different than what readers have seen before, although the artist's inner turmoil and struggles and joys are still there to be experienced.

Do not miss this book! I look forward to readin
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Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Bee Season, Wickett's Remedy, and The False Friendas well as a children's book, Catching the Moon.