Chris Power’s Mothers (Book acquired, 23 Oct. 2018)

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I’ve been reading Chris Power’s series “A Brief Survey of the Short Story” for years now at The Guardian, so I wasn’t surprised when I saw a while back that he was working on his own collection of short fiction. I’ve read the first two in this collection, and so far, it’s Good Stuff. Proper review to come.

Mothers is forthcoming in the U.S. in January of 2019 from FS&G. Their blurb:

Chris Power’s stories are peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends—characters who search without knowing what they seek. Their paths lead them to thresholds, bridges, rivers, and sites of mysterious, irresistible connection to the past. A woman uses her mother’s old travel guide, aged years beyond relevance, to navigate on a journey to nowhere; a stand-up comic with writer’s block performs a fateful gig at a cocaine-fueled bachelor party; on holiday in Greece, a father must confront the limits to which he can keep his daughters safe. Braided throughout is the story of Eva, a daughter, wife, and mother, whose search for a self and place of belonging tracks a devastating path through generations.

Ranging from remote English moors to an ancient Swedish burial ground to a hedonistic Mexican wedding, the stories in Mothers lay bare the emotional and psychic damage of life, love, and abandonment. Suffused with yearning, Power’s transcendent prose expresses a profound ache for vanished pasts and uncertain futures.

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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

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Albrecht Durer
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Guido Reni
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Sofonisba Anguissola
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Mary Cassatt
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Giorgio de Chirico
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Juan Gris
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Georges Valmier
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Camille Pissarro

Appalachian — George Boorujy

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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Vincent van Gogh
The Artist’s Mother — Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Camille Pissarro

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Mother and Child — Egon Schiele

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Vincent van Gogh
The Artist’s Mother — Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Camille Pissarro

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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Vincent van Gogh
The Artist’s Mother — Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Camille Pissarro

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Mother Breast-feeding Her Child — Camille Corot

The Artist’s Mother — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Camille Pissarro

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) —

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Vincent van Gogh

The Artist’s Mother, Sleeping — Egon Schiele

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Rembrandt

Elizabeth Griffiths Smith Hopper, The Artist’s Mother — Edward Hopper

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother — Salvador Dali

The Painter’s Mother — Lucian Freud