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The Last Nude
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Ellis Avery's first novel, The Teahouse Fire, set in the tea ceremony world of nineteenth-century Japan, has been translated into five languages and has won three awards, including the American Library Association Stonewall Award. Avery was also the author of The Smoke Week, an award-winning 9/11 memoir. She taught fiction writing at Columbia University.

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"[An] amazing book . . . wholly original and engrossing."

--The Boston Globe

"The Last Nude breaks important ground for literature, and does so with exuberance, skill, and grace."--San Francisco Chronicle

"A compulsively readable novel."--The Washington Post

"A taut, elegant novel . . . [Avery's] prose sings."--MORE Magazine

"Seductive and compelling, the novel is painted with as much drama and precision as one of Lempicka's canvases."--The Daily Beast

"A sly, sleekly written stereograph of art, desire, and desperation in Paris in the '20s, The Last Nude brings Rafaela to electric life, much as Tamara de Lempicka did when she painted her."--Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh

"The Last Nude is a remarkable novel: at once a seductive evocation of Lost Generation Paris, a faithful literary rendering of Tamara de Lempicka's idiosyncratic and groundbreaking art, and a vibrant, intelligent, affecting story in its own right. It's also smoking hot."--Emily Barton, author of Brookland

"Ellis Avery transports the reader on a fast-paced magic-carpet ride to Paris between the world wars, a time when artists, patrons, and models fused the business of sex and art, with deeply painful results."--Aaron Hamburger, author of Faith for Beginners

"The Last Nude carries us through one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in modern art, and into the minds and bodies of two of art history's most riveting heroines. With prose and imagery that are both lyrical and unabashedly sensual, Ellis Avery breathes life and depth into famed artist's muse Rafaela, tracing her rocky but thrilling path from lost girl to Lost Generation icon, and laying bare acts of love, desire and betrayal with all the assuredness of a master artist herself."--Jennifer Cody Epstein, author of The Painter from Shanghai

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