The Madhouse Nudes: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, 1997 - Fiction - 287 pages
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"John Ordway is an artist obsessed with his work. In New York City that preoccupation merely aroused the ire of feminist art critics, but now that he and his girlfriend, Jamie, a potter and weaver, have retreated to tiny Delphi, Iowa, he finds himself the object of a more pointed suspicion." "Then Jamie leaves him, and one of his local models is attacked. Surrounded by judgment and no longer able to view his work with detachment, he is forced to question the impulses that drive him to it. As events spin out of control, he must answer questions of urgent personal importance: What is the fate of a body in the world? And what does it mean for a man to see a woman truly?" "Art collides with life, painfully and revealingly, in this evocative first novel, which brings a poet's sensibility to the charged question of women's bodies and men's desires. Subtly conceived and artfully executed, The Madhouse Nudes is part love story, part mystery, a brave exploration of guilt and innocence."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Debut fiction by a prizewinning poet: an epistolary novel that traces the life of a painter dedicated to the female nude whose psychic breakdown leads to accusations of sexual assault. While John ... Read full review

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This complex epistolary first novel has a profound mystery but no murder. John Ordway, a successful painter of the nude, and girlfriend Jamie escape the hassles of New York and settle in rural Delphi ... Read full review


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Schultz has an M.A. from Western Michigan University. He has lectured at Western Michigan University and Virginia Commonwealth University and worked as a disc jockey. He lives with his wife.

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