Renato, the Painter by Eugene Mirabelli
An Account of His Youth & His 70th Year in His Own Words

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This is an engaging character study of one man’s attempt to live out his days doing what he loves. Mirabelli writes beautiful descriptions with the skill of a master painter.
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Winner: 2013 Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Literary Fiction

Renato Stillamare may be the best painter of his generation at least, he doesn t know anyone better but his canvasses aren t in demand, and haven t been since his last show at a Newbury Street gallery twenty-five years ago. Now 70, and retired from teaching at Copley College of Art, Renato s retreated to his Boston studio where he is defiantly painting, painting, painting, determined to be rediscovered. Renato is a lusty, large-hearted, smart, opinionated, and occasionally intemperate man whose children (including a daughter by his accidental mistress) are all grown up and dispersed, whose best friend (whom he misses more than anyone) died years before, and whose maddening wife (the love of his life) lives in a condo on the opposite bank of the Charles. But his life is about become much more complicated when the goth-bedecked daughter of a former student shows up at his studio with her little boy in tow. Renato s story, which he unabashedly recounts with flair and verve, is about extraordinary things happening to an ordinary man living life to the fullest. A funny, touching, even magical novel, Renato, the Painter deservedly takes its place alongside such classics as The Ginger Man and The Horse s Mouth.
 

About Eugene Mirabelli

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Mirabelli is a founding director of Alternative Literary Programs in the Schools, a non-profit organization which brings poets and story tellers to the classroom.
 
Published May 14, 2012 by McPherson. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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This is an engaging character study of one man’s attempt to live out his days doing what he loves. Mirabelli writes beautiful descriptions with the skill of a master painter.

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