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Here's what the Midwest Review of Books has to say about Lisa Brognano's new book, In the Interest of Faye:
In the Interest of Faye
Golden Antelope Press
9781936135486, $17.95, PB, 257pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: When the elderly Margaret DuPont agrees to sell the building which houses Hirsch Gallery, its young director Faye Brooks determines to save the gallery. She tries showing off the art; she tries flirting with the buyer, a coffee mogul named Bobby Sterling; she tries renting the place from him, though raising Sterling's exorbitant rent presents further challenges.
By themselves, Faye's efforts would not succeed, but over her five years as Hirsch director she has developed loyal supporters who want her and her gallery to succeed. And then, there's her father, a successful architect whose protective streak at times seems overwhelming. Those who want to protect Faye's interests include her clever friend and neighbor Norman; his precocious niece Lily; her favorite cab driver; a homeless artist turned grant writer; a punk-rocking intern named Zoe; and Anouk, the Dutch woman whom Faye had earlier persuaded to allow several Van Gogh artifacts to come from Amsterdam to Albany.
What exactly are Faye's best interests? How does a thoughtful and artistic young woman balance the needs of a gallery and its community against her own need for independence and growth?
Critique: A skillfully crafted novel providing the reader with a consistently entertaining and truly memorable literary experience, "In the Interest of Faye" showcases author Lisa Brognano's genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. "In the Interest of Faye" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.
It's at the MRB's Small Press Watch site--the ninth book on the Fiction Shelf.