The New York Times Book Review called David Lipsky's debut novel the art fair "a riveting story" and book reviewers nationwide are adding their praise:
"A knowing art scene roman clef, a wry comedy of manners, a delicately handled mother-son love story." David Gates, Newsweek
"Excruciating...As this novel makes clear, Mr. Lipsky has done the SoHo-to-57th-Street ramble himself...Ultimately, though, it's his kid's-eye view of the grown-ups phony nonchalance that stings...A riveting story." Sally Eckhoff, The New York Times Book Review
"Charmed Writing...A drop-dead parody of the endless parties, beastly personalities, and enervating pressures of the rarefied art scene...A sad/funny first novel that seduces from the start." Lisa Shea, Elle
"Remarkably assured...Lipsky isn't simply adept at tweaking the Manhattan art world. His novel expertly explores the deep, inexplicable bond between mother and son. It also is rich in the luminous joys and dark pains that color every family." Greg Morago, The Los Angeles Times
"A darkly comic love story...As a child, Richard Freeley quickly learns that a tearful departure will get him bumped up to first class. By the time he's sixteen, he is a master of calculation...He becomes obsessed with reinstating his mother behind the velvet ropes of the New York art world. The consequences of Richard's sublimated ambition are all too believable, and the price he pays comes as a creepy aftershock." The New Yorker
"Art, motherhood and divorce set the scene for a family portrait...This poised first novel is told from the point of view of a grownup Richard Freeley, whose nicely ordered and luxuriously appointed life is upended the summer his mother decides to become a painter...Lipsky's portrayal of the art world is unblinking, his portrayal of the ties between parent and child deeply affecting." Joanne Kaufman, People
"A tale of the New York art world by a writer with insider savvy...Lipsky perfectly captures [the] snobbery of artists and dealers, the tiny gestures of cruelty that confirm or withhold status...His shrewd grasp of the art world makes the novel work...The wry, Salingeresque voice is at once precocious and naive...it radiates youthful sensitivity." James Atlas, Vogue
"Tantalizing...smart...engaging...affecting...Lipsky is a careful and shrewd observer. He writes cleverly and well, rendering complex moments with a few deft sentences...The art world material has a gossipy fascination, and there are tantalizing hints of the roman a clef to keep us guessing. Yet the novel reaches beyond a surface critique of art careerism...The book provides a sort of anthropological study of the elaborate rituals, subtle social signals and flat-out Darwinian struggles with which careers and reputations are made and lost. This, too, is a testament to David Lipsky's skill: The achievement of his novel is to generate an intense desire to shield his characters from themselves and from the harsh world they inhabit a protectiveness that extends, for as long as we're reading this novel, even to the vipers masquerading as artists and dealers, and to the sharks that cruise The Art Fair in constant search of fresh prey." Francine Prose, Newsday
"Utterly compelling...Extremely poignant and funny..A scathing portrait...There is also a great deal of warmth here, with mother and son vividly delineated, and the complex emotions of a sundered family are handled with moving care...Lipsky's shrewd, insightful vision remains strong throughout, and the fond break between mother and son as they finally decide to live their own lives powerfully communicates the difficulty in letting go" Nick Curtis, Financial Times (U.K.)
"Critics loved Lipsky's short story collection Three Thousand Dollars, and as soon as you read the opening of his debut novel you'll agree that Lipsky has a gift for bringing scenes of shimmering complexity to life...The combination of Lipsky's unfailing psychological acumen and comic sensibility makes for a distinctive and thoroughly enjoyable literary experience... Intense...Hilarious." Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Joan Freeley made it big in New York's art world, and then suddenly, she lost it. No one suffered more than her son, Richard, the narrator of this novel...He submerged any life he might have had to help his mother's career...Mr. Lipsky's deft and shrewd look at the art scene, as well as his examination of a neurotic relationship, make the book something special in a first novel." Bob Trimble, The Dallas Morning News
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In The Art Fair, David Lipsky writes with the all the humor, insight, and pitch-perfect satirical skills that earned him widespread acclaim for his first work, the short story collection Three Thousand Dollars. With the deftness and irony of writers like Michael Chabon and Ethan Canin, he tells the story of Richard Freeley, whose mother is an aspiring painter, and whose conventional life of shimmering summers in the Hamptons and exclusivity on Manhattan's Upper East Side is suddenly and irrevocably shattered when the city's elite and fickle art world first embrace--and then coldly and abruptly reject--his mother's work. Seeing his mother as "a lovely and luminous star player, surrounded by an incompetent supporting cast," and consumed by his need to shield her from the seismic social forces that threaten to grind her back into obscurity, Richard lets his adolescence and young adulthood slop away unnoticed--until he is confronted by the terrifying by inevitable choice of pursuing his own uncertain future or clinging to the security of the past.
In his achingly true-to-life prose, David Lipsky weaves the story of both mothers and sons: the moment of letting go and the fear of free-falling away from those who love us best.From Kirkus Reviews:
Self-described Gen-X writer Lipsky (a story collection, Three Thousand Dollars, 1989, and the memoir Late Bloomers, 1994) helps define a genre pioneered by Harold Brodkey and perfected by contemporaries David Leavitt and Michael Chabon--the tale of the disappointed Jewish prince: an upper-middle-class whiner who feels cheated by life's difficulties and continues to exert a puerile omnipotence over all those around him. Lipsky's Oedipal tale of the contemporary art world, set in the 1970s and '80s, begins in familial dysfunction and plays itself out in obsession and creepiness. Promoted as a roman ... clef, most readers will fail to see the real-life parallels without a scorecard, but that's typical of Lipsky's inflated sense of the entire scene. Richard Freeley, the protective, slightly screwed-up child of a bitter divorce, decides to leave his father and evil shiksa stepmother in California to join his mother, a would-be painter, in Manhattan, where she struggles in a one-bedroom apartment. Nostalgic for ``the boy who'd been enjoying a first- class life,'' Richard suffers with each rejection or snub his mother endures at gallery openings or social events. Dishing on all the petty, competitive, art-world denizens, little Richard eventually worms his way into Brown, but can't give up his role as his mother's manager/protector/escort. Of his first romance, he muses: ``She loved the art world in me. . . . I loved the Westport in her.'' But when he must choose between this ``rich and pretty'' girl and his mother (no easy thing, in his mind), he abandons the WASP goddess to escort his mother through the major event of the title, an art fair in which he displays no little condescension to the unknown artists. The only thing missing from this weird account of art world shenanigans is any sense of the art itself--a pretty significant gap, to be sure. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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