The Underpainter

By Jane Urquhart

A masterful novel via the hugely praised writer of Away, The Underpainter tells the tale of a 75-year-old American minimalist painter who creates a brand new sequence of work as he recalls the main points of his lifestyles and of the lives of these people who have affected him.

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I nodded, took a beneficiant swallow from the glass. “I occasionally take into consideration that, these tunnels down there choked with water. ” “Any silver left? ” Rockwell’s glass was once nearly empty. “So a few humans say. ” I laughed. “Thinking of making an investment? ” “Usury! ” he introduced. He used to be a small panorama I had made up of the bay from Thunder Cape, the one one I had accomplished, the climb up there being so bug-filled and arduous. “Some sturdy painters in Canada,” he stated. “Ever obvious any of Harris’s paintings, or Varley’s?

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