Lone Stars by Sophia Healy

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Composed with the pureness and resonant simplicity of a classical Greek fable, this engaging tale of love and mutability marks a stunning debut by a unique new voice in American fiction.

Set amid the arid beauty of central Texas, Lone Stars tells the tale of two eccentric exiles, Stas and Lupe, who are struggling to maintain their identity and their relationship amid the myriad distractions of contemporary American culture. Stas, a Polish émigré, is torn by his conflicting ambitions as an artist and a stock market speculator. Stas’s wife, Lupe, is a young Mexican artist, twenty years his junior.

When Lupe’s career suddenly blossoms, just as Stas’s interest in art is supplanted by his passion for the stock market, the calm surface of their lives is roiled by the undercurrents of loneliness and jealousy each of them feels.

A classic triangle quickly develops. Although his marriage to Lupe holds more richness for Stas than he ever thought possible, his for­mer lover—the sensuous, exotic Gosia— torments his memory and disturbs his dreams. And when Lupe develops a passionate friendship with Gosia, Stas is filed with dismay.

By turns provocative, quirky, and humorous, Lone Stars is a deliciously off-beat novel that offers an original view of American life in all its shimmering grotesquerie and glory.

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Published January 1, 1989 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 169 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gosia, a kind of femme fatale, seduces Lupe: ""Gosia's teeth seemed to touch Lupe's very nerves."" But then Macieji, another ‚migr‚, spills the beans to Sta (Sta: ""The more time I spend alone, the more I feel I am disintegrating""), who calls his broker and his analyst.

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This ``ultra-spare'' first novel examines the thoughts that two artists, Lupe and her husband, Stas, have about each other when Lupe prepares for a show and then has a lesbian affair with the gallery owner.

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