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The Great Man

The Great Man

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PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book
Oscar Feldman, the "Great Man," was a New York city painter of the heroic generation of the forties and fifties. But instead of the abstract canvases of the Pollocks and Rothkos, he stubbornly hewed to painting one subject—the female nude. When he died in 2001, he left behind a wife, Abigail; an autistic son; and a sister, Maxine, herself a notable abstract painter—all duly noted in The New York Times obituary.

What no one knows is that Oscar Feldman led an entirely separate life in Brooklyn with his longtime mistress Teddy St. Cloud and their twin daughters. As the incorrigibly bohemian Teddy puts it, "He couldn't live without a woman around. It was like water to a plant for him." Now two rival biographers, book contracts in hand, are circling around Feldman's life story, and each of these three women—Abigail, Maxine, and Teddy—will have a chance to tell the truth as they experienced it.

THE GREAT MAN is a scintillating comedy of life among the avant-garde—of the untidy truths, needy egos, and jostling for position behind the glossy facade of artistic greatness. Not a pretty picture—but a provocative and entertaining one that incarnates the delicious satirical spirit of Dawn Powell and Mary McCarthy.

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Hardback Editions

August 2007 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Great Man: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-385-51845-5 / 978-0-385-51845-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Great Man
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-307-27734-8 / 978-0-307-27734-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Kindle Editions

May 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Great Man
Author(s): Kate Christensen
Publisher: Anchor
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