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OFF ISLAND (forthcoming, Jan. 2020)

PUBLISHER'S MARKETPLACE ANNOUNCES: Lara Tupper's OFF ISLAND, in which the author imagines Paul Gauguin traveled to Maine to paint and juxtaposes his relationship with his wife Mette with that of a contemporary couple in Maine 100 years after Gauguin's death. (Encircle)

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Advance praise for OFF ISLAND:

"Lara Tupper's OFF ISLAND is a beautiful accomplishment, unlike any other work of fiction I can recall. The two narratives intertwine in such a way as to both demystify historical celebrity and elevate contemporary plainfolk. The prose is seductive and elegant, the story smart, enlightening, and oh so satisfying." 
- Antonya Nelson, author of BOUND and FUNNY ONCE

 

"Beautifully understated, deft in its details, evocative of place and eras, Lara Tupper's OFF ISLAND combines the painter's perception of the visual world with the sensuality and coarseness of the physical world. Masterful and matter-of-fact, Tupper adeptly blends art, character study, and mystery in this compact, elliptical novel." – Peter Turchi, author of A MUSE AND A MAZE and MAPS OF THE IMAGINATION

"What if Gauguin went to the New World? That's the launching point of Lara Tupper's glistening new novel, OFF ISLAND, which reaches back into a vividly imagined history and traces it forward into the modern day lives of a tortured artist who may or may not be Gauguin's descendant and the women he loves. In mesmeric prose, rich with sensual detail and a burning empathy for her characters, moving between Maine and New York and Copenhagen, Tupper blends what might have been with what is and in doing so throws a painter's light on all our pasts and presents." - Jeremy Gavron, author of FELIX CULPA and A WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME

"Pure color! Everything must be sacrificed to it," said Gauguin. OFF ISLAND presents two parallel stories about artists who cheat. Pete and Molly describe their daily lives in contemporary coastal Maine; Paul and Mette describe their marriage in 1903.