Infrared by Nancy Huston

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Huston shows her usual mastery of complicated structure, her wide cultural knowledge and her brilliant, assured portraiture.
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Award-winning author Nancy Huston follows her bestselling novel, Fault Lines, winner of the Prix Femina, with an intensely provocative story about a passionate yet emotionally-wounded woman’s sexual explorations.

After a troubled childhood and two failed marriages, Rena Greenblatt has achieved success as a photographer. She specializes in infrared techniques that expose her pictures’ otherwise hidden landscapes and capture the raw essence of deeply private moments in the lives of her subjects.

Away from her lover, and stuck in Florence, Italy, with her infuriating stepmother and her aging, unwell father, Rena confronts not only the masterpieces of the Renaissance but the banal inconveniences of a family holiday. At the same time, she finds herself travelling into dark and passionate memories that will lead to disturbing revelations.

Infrared is both an explicitly bold story of how sexuality is influenced by childhood, family, and culture, and a portrait of a woman coming to terms with the end of her father’s life. With exceptional flair and intelligence, Huston fearlessly investigates the links between family intimacies and our collective lives, between destruction and creation.
 

About Nancy Huston

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Nancy Huston is the author of twelve novels, including Plainsong, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in French; Slow Emergencies, winner of the Prix L' and the Prix Louis-Hémon; The Mark of An Angel, awarded the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle; and Fault Lines, winner of the Prix Femina and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Visit her website at nancyhuston.ca
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Sep 06 2012

Huston shows her usual mastery of complicated structure, her wide cultural knowledge and her brilliant, assured portraiture.

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Good
Reviewed by Zoe Whittall on Sep 16 2011

Infrared is not for those who enjoy a simple narrative or a taut sentence. It’s a more ruminative and sensual read, for those who prefer to move through a story on several different paths, exploring the plot from various angles and discovering meaning in the rhythms therein.

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