So Much Blue

So Much Blue

eBook - 2017
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A new high point for a master novelist, an emotionally charged reckoning with art, marriage, and the past Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won't allow anyone to see: not his children; not his best friend, Richard; not even his wife, Linda. The painting is a canvas of twelve feet by twenty-one feet (and three inches) that is covered entirely in shades of blue. It may be his masterpiece or it may not; he doesn't know or, more accurately, doesn't care. What Kevin does care about are the events of the past. Ten years ago he had an affair with a young watercolorist in Paris. Kevin relates this event with a dispassionate air, even a bit of puzzlement. It's not clear to him why he had the affair, but he can't let it go. In the more distant past of the late seventies, Kevin and Richard traveled to El Salvador on the verge of war to retrieve Richard's drug-dealing brother, who had gone missing without explanation. As the events of the past intersect with the present, Kevin struggles to justify the sacrifices he's made for his art and the secrets he's kept from his wife. So Much Blue features Percival Everett at his best, and his deadpan humor and insightful commentary about the artistic life culminate in a brilliantly readable new novel.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Graywolf Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781555979744
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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xiaojunbpl12
Sep 10, 2017

Secret in 1979, bundled with thrill and suspense (of mere 3-night), lays groundwork (aka excuse) for (2-week) Secret in Paris.
But it's the Secret in House (figurative home and mental shrine), the essence of all happening and outcome that might be true, capricious or illusory.

I appreciate the colors visualized in layers on "canvas" as much as the words elegantly gliding on page. Witnessing characters play, only (minor one)Bummer incites my sympathy. Victoire, a unique beauty even worth my beholding (as a reader influenced by the writer), felt less visible than Seine in the mist. Richard's role isn't more important than a plot prop.

Perhaps Kevin is a creative painter that I'd like to be, my envy triumph over gullible tendency. He is humble and loyal, but many of his incredible actions seem more fickle than resolute. This maybe how ones life supposed to be. I yet grasp the profoundness as the book could tell.

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HerNoseInABookGal
Jul 31, 2017

Excellent writing. Intelligent and funny. Will read more by this author for sure.

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laphampeak
Jul 24, 2017

A well paced story of an artist that examines his relationship to family, friends, lovers through colors at different times in his life. The author imbues the reader with the main character's poignant and life changing encounters that he expresses in his paintings, the secretive piece being his "piece de resistance".

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abbi_g
Jul 22, 2017

So Much Blue is the first book that I've ever read by author Percival Everett; and I enjoyed it. The storyline about the main character, Kevin Pace kept me engaged. I'll admit that I didn't quite understand the "so much blue" reference at the end of the book; but I still think it's a good story. I would definitely read another novel by Mr. Everett.

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