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The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
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Feb 22, 2012

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At 16, Italian- American Rafaela is a ravishing beauty – and her stepfather wants her married as soon as possible. Rafaela resists the awful plan to marry her off to a cousin in Sicily, and when her much-hated step-grandmother nearly dies on the steamship crossing to Europe, Rafaela makes her escape. Having no money, she exchanges sex for a ticket to Paris. The year is 1927 and Paris is full of artists and writers – there is no shortage of wealthy men to use for a while – but then Rafaela meets Tamara, and her world turns upside down. Tamara is an artist, she wants Rafaela to pose for her, and together they create a beautiful painting that sparks a heated bidding war between two wealthy art collectors. Rafaela falls in love, for the first time in her life, with Tamara – but their passionate physical affair cannot erase the trouble in Tamara’s past. This book, peppered with allusions to Paris and its famous “Lost Generation” of artists, designers, poets, musicians, and writers during the time between the wars, evokes the sensuality of the times and the bitter –and immediate – pasts of the expatriates.
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