Palladio by Jonathan Dee
A Novel

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In her small upstate New York town, Molly Howe is admired for her beauty, poise, and character, until one day a secret is exposed and she is cruelly ostracized. She escapes to Berkeley, where she finds solace in a young art student named John Wheelwright. They embark on an intense, all-consuming affair, until the day Molly disappears–again. A decade later, John is lured by the eccentric advertising visionary Mal Osbourne into a risky venture that threatens to eviscerate every concept, slogan, and gimmick exported by Madison Avenue. And much to John’s amazement, one of the many swept into Osbourne’s creative vortex is the woman who left him devastated so many years before.

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About Jonathan Dee

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JONATHAN DEE is the author of five novels, most recently The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. He is a Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent literary critic for Harper's, and a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School. He is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: New York, NY
Published May 14, 2002 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Molly eventually goes AWOL, breaking John’s heart, though their paths will again cross at Palladio, a dreamlike place where the messianic Osbourne extols the creation of advertising that is really modern art.

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Dex, who secretly loathes Mal Osbourne, has come to Palladio to try to persuade Mal to let him make a film about the agency.

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His final pitch convinces John that this is an opportunity he can't resist --- "The language of advertising is the language of American life: American art, American politics, American media, American law, American business.

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Fittingly, this avant-garde institution operates out of a grand antebellum mansion in Charlottesville, and its philosophy - Mal’s philosophy - is to free advertising from ‘the idea that the commercial world may function only as a place where real artists, quote unquote, come to whore themselves.’...

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