I feel like I’ve read lots of books where art (in its various forms) is integral to the plot. Here are my favourite art-lit picks –
01. The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose – overseas readers, if you haven’t discovered this Australian gem, GET ON IT.
02. A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume – photography, painting, depression: there are so many layers to this story it probably deserves multiple reads.
03.What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt – gripping.
04. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – okay, not a ‘hidden gem’ (as per the parameters of this week’s TTT) but it is epic.
05. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – coming-of-age meets art (it’s charming).
06. Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss – at the time of reading I thought it a little uneven but it’s a book I keep thinking about…
07. Sisters by Lily Tuck – lots of important-sounding classical music references in this novella. And the ending is a ripper.
08. Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain – one of my favourites this year.
09. The Women by T.C. Boyle – Frank Lloyd Wright: great architect, lousy family man.
10. Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton – okay, it’s a memoir but it includes paintings of swimming pools! And photographs of her favourite bathers (swimming costumes)!