The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer
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Two mysterious deaths unlock one man's past and another's future in this moving tale of art, love, and history

When the wife of renowned art critic Daniel Lichtmann plunges to her death, she is not alone. Lying next to her is her suspected lover, Benjamin Wind, the very artist Daniel most championed. Tormented by questions about the circumstances of their deaths, Daniel dedicates himself to uncovering the secrets of their relationship and the inspiration behind Wind's dazzling final exhibition.

What Daniel discovers is a web of mysteries leading back to pre-World War II Vienna and the magnificent life of Josef Pick, a forgotten artist who may have been the twentieth century's greatest painter of love. But the most astonishing discoveryis what connects these two artists acrosshalf a century: a remarkable woman whose response to the tragedy of her generation offers Daniel answers to the questions he never knew to ask.

Ambitious, haunting, and stunningly written, The Marriage Artist tells a universal tale of a family dramatically reshaped by the quest for personal freedom in the face of inherited beliefs, public prejudices, and the unfathomable turns of history. It is at once a provocative snapshot of contemporary marriage, the recovery of a passion that history never recorded, and a fierce reminder of the way we enlist love in our perpetual search for meaning and permanence.


 

About Andrew Winer

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Andrew Winer received his M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of California at Irvine and is co-author of a screenplay that sold to Fox/New Regency. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he currently lives in Southern California. This is his first novel. Visit www.andrewwiner.com.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 416 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Read full review > "A tour de force of provocative ideas--about art, love, Jewish identity, survivor's guilt, the fluidity of time and so much else--expressed through emotionally riveting characters."

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Now Max asks Daniel to take Hannah, who is hiding in a nunnery, the ketubot Josef made for her in the camp shortly before his death.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The Marriage Artist is one of those rare novels that meet all the criteria for greatness: It entertains, informs, enlightens and finally and most importantly, it inspires.

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they are believable manifestations of each characters’ soul, the words like leaves floating on the waves of a deep emotional river are genuine expressions of the mystery and complexity of human relationships and the ways they’re “filled with love to the extent that love means letting your lover u...

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The Washington Post

Josef and Daniel may be overly schematic characters, Aleksandra and Benjamin barely characters at all (granted, they're dead when the novel begins), but Max's passions leap off the page, and the mistakes they lead him to are bitterly credible.

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Dallas News

Winer, who was an artist and critic before writing novels, deftly portrays a contemporary New York art world that seemingly couldn't be further from the destruction of Viennese Jewry.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Young Josef Pick, the son of converts, visits his Jewish grandfather Pommeranz in the very poor Jewish district and begins his career as a ketubah artist, or “marriage artist.” The second storyline is the one that opens the novel in modern times.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Tormented by questions about the circumstances of their deaths, Daniel dedicates himself to uncovering the secrets of their relationship and the inspiration behind Wind's dazzling final exhibition.What Daniel discovers is a web of mysteries leading back to pre-World War II Vienna and the m...

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The Gainesville Sun

Lichtmann's story becomes the epilogue to the romance between Wind's grandparents in a great demonstration of Winer's skill in structuring a story.The idea of exploring how the acts of one generation affect those who come later isn't new or unique, but Winer expands on it, considering whet...

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