Back Flip: A Novel

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2002 - Fiction - 323 pages
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Back Flip is set in Toronto, in 1967. The title refers to a painting by a young artist, Eddie O'Hara. When it is selected for a prestigious exhibition organized by a visiting English curator, it becomes the focus of a power struggle between Eddie and his dealer, the passionate and paranoid Bruno Gonzaga. After the painting mysteriously disappears, O'Hara makes a copy and complications quickly ensue, raising questions of authenticity and ownership.

Much of the action derives from the competing delusions and deceits of the group of artists, dealers, critics and collectors who surround O'Hara and Gonzaga. A social comedy of errors and a study of wishful thinking, Back Flip ends with a flash-forward to the year 2000 that brings readers up to date with its characters' subsequent lives and, in some cases, deaths.

 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
17
Section 4
30
Section 5
42
Section 6
52
Section 7
60
Section 8
69
Section 17
172
Section 18
182
Section 19
192
Section 20
202
Section 21
213
Section 22
224
Section 23
234
Section 24
245

Section 9
83
Section 10
94
Section 11
106
Section 12
120
Section 13
129
Section 14
140
Section 15
150
Section 16
161
Section 25
256
Section 26
268
Section 27
280
Section 28
293
Section 29
309
Section 30
325
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About the author (2002)

Anne Denoon was born in Toronto. During the 1960s she studied art history at the University of Toronto, and returned in 1980 to complete her degree. For most of the 1970s she lived in France, the Netherlands and England. She has worked in both public and commercial art galleries, and from 1986 to 1995 was a frequent contributor of reviews and articles to Books in Canada. Back Flip is her first novel.

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