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The Lost Glass Plates of Wilfred Eng
by Thomas Orton
Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Weight: 0.83 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.79 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 1582431256
ISBN 13: 9781582431253
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A stunning first novel morally refined, historically accurate, and ripe with mystery and intrigue Disgraced photo dealer and art historian Robert Armour stumbles upon the long lost glass negatives of Chinese American photographer Wilfred Eng. The plates, nudes of a beautiful young woman taken in 1874, bring certainty to the rumor of an interracial affair between Eng and Ellen McFarland, wife of the business tycoon who was Eng's patron. Their difficult affair becomes an obsession for Armour and the backdrop for the novel as he struggles for professional redemption and love. 'A deeply researched, minutely fascinating tale. . . It reminded me of Gide's The Counterfeiters. . .Orton is a natural observer, as articulate as he is alert.' Paul West, Bookforum 'Without any hint of overreaching, this remarkably confident debut novel drops the weighty old themes of art, love, and ethics into a brittle new setting with the aplomb of a fashion world trendsetter mounting antique diamonds in plastic.' Amanda Heller, Boston Globe 'Echoes both Gaddis's The Recognitions and Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman. . . ;An unusual and beguiling debut performance.' Kirkus Reviews


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