book cover of White on White
Added by 2 members

White on White

A novel by

'Deeply humane, quietly devastating, mesmerisingly beautiful.' Olivia Sudjic

'Haunting, irresistible.' Brandon Taylor

'Marvelous.' Lauren Groff

A student moves to the city to research Gothic nudes, renting an apartment from a painter, Agnes, who lives in another town with her husband. One day, Agnes arrives in the city and settles into the upstairs studio.

In their meetings on the stairs, in the studio, at the corner café, the kitchen at dawn, Agnes tells stories of her youth, her family, her marriage, and ideas for her art - which is always just about to be created. As the months pass, it becomes clear that Agnes might not have a place to return to. The student is increasingly aware of Agnes's disintegration. Her stories are frenetic; her art scattered and unfinished, white paint on a white canvas.

What emerges is the menacing sense that every life is always at the edge of disaster, no matter its seeming stability.

White on White is a sharp exploration of empathy and cruelty, and the stunning discovery of what it means to be truly vulnerable, and laid bare.

'Gentle, mysterious and profound.' Marina Abramovic

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Terse, slender and exquisite, like a finely-wrought figurine carved in bone, White on White spins its tale of doubles, womanhood and power with the magnetic pull of a thriller, while refusing to settle for easy resolution. I loved its quiet, observant wisdom; its willingness to look for depth underneath shiny surfaces." - Livia Franchini

"Marvelous, as elegant as an opaque sheet of ice that belies the swift and turbulent waters beneath." - Lauren Groff

"A deeply humane, quietly devastating, mesmerisingly beautiful masterpiece." - Olivia Sudjic

"A haunting, irresistible novel. I loved this book for its depth and perception, for its beauty and eerie rhythms, but most of all for its wonderfully dream-like spell. It's breathtaking." - Brandon Taylor

Visitors also looked at these books

Used availability for Aysegul Savas's White on White

About Fantastic Fiction       Information for Authors