The Passion Dream Book by Whitney Otto
A Novel

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In The Passion Dream Book Whitney Otto blends fiction and history to explore the tumultuous relationship between art and the lives artists chose in the service of their art. Otto weaves a story that shifts from the Italian Renaissance to the Harlem Renaissance of 1930s America. The novel--the second from the author of the well-loved How to Make an American Quilt--opens with the story of Guilietta Marcel, a young Florentine girl who spies on the artist Michelangelo while he sculpts the "David" in his studio and aspires herself to create art. Then we jump to the 20th century, where Romy March, a descendant of Guilietta, faces a related collection of difficult choices in the quest to become an artist herself.
 

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Whitney Otto is the bestselling author of" How to Make an American Quilt" (which was made into a feature film), "Now You See Her," and "The Passion Dream Book." A native of California, she lives with her husband and son in Portland, Oregon. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Fiction

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Romy secures a gofer job at a movie studio, where she again encounters Augustine: The racial mores of the time dictate that the two fall for each other only in private.

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Art is long and life is short, but life can gain depth and texture if one lives artfully, among arists.

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Romy, an Italian American, and Augustine, a black schoolmate, become infatuated in The Passion Dream Book by Whitney Otto when Romy stumbles into the frame of Augustine's camera.

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