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Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist

"Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist" is a zany story of sexual identity, repression, obsession, and the concept of art as both a destructive and redeeming force. Morton Fisk has recently died of dehydration in the family's bathtub. A famous sculptor of "Men With Chainsaws, " he did all his work sealed away in the basement of their Connecticut home wearing only his torn briefs. On the eve of his daughter Frances's eighteenth birthday, his widow marries "the Kingpin, " an owner of three bowling alleys. Her mother tries to lure Frances to the life of the middle class - far away from the art world and the dementia that claimed her husband. Soon Frances's life is filled with bowling balls, pins, polyurethaned floors, and pizza. Depressed, Frances visits an aquarium. Witnessing two walruses in the heat of mating, Frances is transformed - she has found her muse! The walruses start to occupy her every thought. She sees them everywhere, including her bedroom. Running in fear, Frances and her friend Bessie take to the open road, with the libidinous beasts close behind. Will Frances and Bessie survive? Can art be controlled? Will the highways be destroyed from the weight of the walruses? Foos, a brilliant young satirist, has the ability to make the bizarre sound matter-of-fact.
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Laurie Foos, lauded as "the unholy love-child of Kafka and Erica Jong," is the author of four previous novels: Ex Utero, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Twinship, and Bingo Under the Crucifix. She teaches in the Lesley Seminars in Cambridge and lives just outside of Boston with her husband and her dog Jesse. Visit her website at

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