Patrick Gale: Notes from an Exhibition
UK 2008, 374 pp., pb, € 11.99Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.
Gifted Canadian artist Rachel Kelly is a whirlwind of creative highs and anguished, crippled lows. She's also something of an enigma to her gentle and loving Cornish husband and four children. Her whole life has been a sacrifice to both her extraordinary art and her debilitating manic depression. So when she is found dead in her attic studio in Penzance, leaving behind some extraordinary new paintings, she also leaves a legacy of secrets and emotional damage it will take months to unravel. A wondrous, monstrous creature, she exerts a power that outlives her. Her Quaker husband appeals for information on the internet. The fragments of a shattered life slowly come to light, and it becomes clear that bohemian Rachel has left her children not only a gift for art but also her haunting demons. And so Hedley, Rachel's third child, who was trained in boyhood never to upset his mother's delicate equilibrium feels as a man powerless to challenge Ankie, the woman annexing his lover Oliver, because, like Rachel, Ankie is powerful, dismissive, erratic, a threatening, clamorous, emotionally hungry presence.